Electric-car maker picks central Ohio for battery plant

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Electric-car maker picks central Ohio for battery plant

Columbus Dispatch – A former telecom-equipment factory on the Far East Side might return to life soon making batteries for electric cars, holding out the promise of 1,000 new jobs.

Electric-car manufacturer Coda Automotive said yesterday that it has chosen to open a battery plant in central Ohio, a move that is contingent on the approval of federal and state aid.

Although the company is looking at several local sites, the leading choice is the former Lucent Technologies factory on E. Broad Street.

This is part of a running start for Coda, a company that began last year in Santa Monica, Calif., and plans to begin selling its first vehicle, a compact sedan, later this year. The car would have a range of up to 130 miles on a single charge.

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