AEP Ohio fleet gets new electric vehicles

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Columbus, Ohio, May 17, 2012 — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, is the first fleet customer worldwide to receive new electric vehicles — the 2012 CODA — an all-electric vehicle manufactured by CODA Automotive, an all-electric car company based in Los Angeles.

Resulting from a partnership between AEP Ohio and CODA Automotive, AEP Ohio received a demonstration CODA in 2011 and tested its performance, suitability and technology for several months.

AEP and AEP Ohio are taking a holistic approach to the development of a smart distribution grid with the company's gridSMART initiative, which is designed to provide customers greater energy control and improve electric distribution service and performance. AEP Ohio has incorporated various smart grid devices, products and technologies, including electric vehicles, to the project to test their impact on the utility grid.

The new 2012 CODA is the first all-electric four-door, five-passenger compact sedan with full-rear seating and trunk space that provides a range of up to 125 miles.

The CODA is currently available to consumers throughout California, with distribution in markets throughout the U.S. planned for the future. 

Plug-in electric-vehicle technology promises benefits of fuel efficiency and economy, environmental responsibility and increased energy security. AEP Ohio has integrated 11 electric cars to its automotive fleet for this project, including the Chevy Volt, Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid and all-electric CODA, as well as four public electric-vehicle charging stations at the Walmart Supercenter/Sam's Club at 3900 Morse Road and Easton Town Center in Columbus.

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