CODA Holdings, a California based developer of lithium-ion power battery systems said it plans to develop electric vehicles with China’s Great Wall Motor Company for distribution worldwide.

The partnership would blend key technology capabilities from the Chinese automaker and CODA’s battery system. The agreement also expands CODA’s strong relationships with Chinese automakers in the world’s largest auto market.

“This partnership will allow us to combine CODA’s high performance EV propulsion system and understanding of the United States market with Great Wall’s extensive vehicle platforms, experience in the China market and leading manufacturing capability,” said Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors. “I’m confident that our combined strengths will ensure us to together become a significant player in the electric vehicle segment worldwide.”

The CODA EV propulsion system combines a 36kWh battery pack that sits between the front and rear axle with a 134hp motor. Fitted with a 6.6kW onboard charger, it takes about six hours to fully charge from empty and two hours to charge for an average 40 mile commute.