Coda is not as well known as Tesla Motors or Fisker, but its another EV startup based out of California looking to make a name for itself and a place for itself in a fast-changing automobile market. Production of its first model, a $37,250 (before clean car rebates) sedan, has just begun and the car has just received its range rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA found that the Coda is good for 88 miles before needing a recharge — a bit less than the 125-mile range Coda has claimed, but still the best available so far for such a car and such a price (the 2-seat Tesla Roadster offers 244 miles per charge, but costs over $100,000… and is a 2-seater). The Mitsubishi i gets 62 miles per charge, Nissan Leaf reportedly has range of 73 miles per charge, and the Ford Focus Electric has a range of 76 miles per charge.
Chris DeMorro of sister site Gas2 notes how the Coda has kept its costs downwhile offering more range: “underneath the Coda’s bland exterior is a Chinese-manufactured car based on an old platform. That’s why the cost is so low, with most of the money being poured into the 31 kWh battery system that Coda claims can deliver up to 125 miles of range.” Doesn’t seem like Chris is a huge fan.
Despite Chris’ lack of enthusiasm for the Coda, he does note that it might have a chance with the value-for-the-cost that it offers: “I have to admit, the price is right, and if the 125-mile range is to be believed, that’s quite reasonable for the cost.”
Here are some more details on what Coda is offering with this new EV sedan: “comes with a 10-year/100,000 mile drivetrain warranty. The rest of the car gets just a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty.”
It certainly is nice to see another good EV option hitting the road. What are your thoughts on this one? Love it? Not so much? Prefer the Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Tesla Model S, or something else?
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