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Lio Energy Systems Receives $16M in Incentives for Columbus, Ohio, Facility

Lio Energy Systems, a joint venture of Santa Monica, California's CODA Automotive Inc. and China's Lishen Power Battery, will receive up to $15.9 million from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The company will receive the funds in the form of a 15-year, 75 percent Job Creation Tax Credit.

CODA is planning to build a plant in Columbus, Ohio, to make lithium ion batteries for plug-in electric cars, potentially creating up to 1,000 jobs.

CODA has already been approved for a $33 million incentive from the city of Columbus and a $2 million Third Frontier grant. But the company is waiting to finalize the project until it receives a state incentive and a loan of up to $500 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The total project cost is estimated at more than $556.6 million. CODA would lease a facility of more than 750,000 square feet.

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