BorgWarner Inc. will supply its eGearDrive transmission to the Coda electric sedan, scheduled for U.S. introduction in California in mid-2010.
The sedan also will have a PowerPhase 100 electric propulsion system supplied by UQM Technologies Inc.
BorgWarner, of suburban Detroit, initially plans to supply the transmissions from its factory in Longview, Texas, to an assembly plant in China, said Erika Nielsen, a BorgWarner spokeswoman. Eventually, the company may supply the transmissions from its factory in Beijing, as volumes and the business case warrant, she said.
BorgWarner's production will start in July, and Coda will start production around August, Nielsen said.
UQM, of Frederick, Colo., said it has a 10-year contract with Coda, with parts shipments to begin this year from UQM headquarters. The accord calls for Coda to purchase 20,000 propulsion systems in the first two years of production, UQM says.
Coda, of Santa Monica, Calif., was launched in June as an offshoot of Miles Electric Vehicles, which makes neighborhood electric vehicles for fleets.
Coda said Chinese automaker Harbin Hafei Automotive will provide the $45,000 sedan's chassis and do assembly at its plants in Harbin, China. Lithium ion battery packs will come from Chinese Tianjin Lishen Battery.
Coda said it has $40 million in seed money, most of it from Angeleno Group, a Los Angeles green venture capital firm. Daniel Weiss, a partner at Angeleno Group, has said the firm is ready to inject the next round of financing.
Coda also applied for a U.S. Department of Energy grant to make batteries in the United States, but the company has not received any of the government's announced grants. UQM received the promise of $45.1 million in Energy Department grants to produce propulsion systems.
UQM makes brushless, permanent-magnet electric motors.
BorgWarner makes engine air management systems, transmissions and all-wheel-drive systems. It ranks No. 32 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers, with estimated sales of $5.26 billion in its 2008 fiscal year.
Mark Rechtin contributed to this report