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Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


1st Coda EV Has EV-Leading 88-Mile Range, EPA Says

March 14th, 2012 by  


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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  • juxta

    I don’t think the cost can be justified just yet for hybrids and electrics but they’re still coming down in price. Most people pay the premium partly for the wow factor or to help the environment. Then again, anyone spending $30k-$50k on a brand new car shouldn’t be worried at all about gas prices.

  • Ross

    Only a parent could love that ugly duckling but the more electric cars the better.

  • “price is right” my eye.
    making a car the same OLD way and throwing electric drive at it is NOT acceptable with a price tag over $20,000.
    get off your soap box and stop trying to convince us otherwise.


    • Bob_Wallace

      Calculate in operation cost.

      A $32,500 Leaf using $0.08/kWh electricity costs the same to own and operate as a $20,000 30MPG gasmobile using $4/gallon gas over a ten year period.

      Gas is probably going to go up faster than the rate of inflation. Electricity prices should rise slowly, if not fall a bit….

      • shoulda, coulda, woulda; it never goes as planned.
        “costs the same” is the problem.
        we can’t save the environment if nobody will buy the blasted things because the out of pocket expense is too high.
        much as you’d like to rationalize it, sticker shock will kill the electric car.


        • Bob_Wallace

          Patience Grasshopper.

          Ingenuity lowers costs….

  • Bob_Wallace

    88 miles w/31kW battery = 2.8 miles/kW

    Nissan Leaf
    73 miles w/24kW battery = 3.0 miles/kW

    62 miles w/16kW battery = 3.9 miles/kW

    Tesla Roadster (small two seater)
    244 mile w/53kW battery = 4.6 miles/kW

    SIM-LEI (4 seater – not in production)
    186 miles w/24.9kW battery = 7.5 miles/kW

    The Sim-Lei is very aerodynamic. A coefficient of drag of 0.19.

    • adding: “…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).” to the article.

      no word on when the SIM-LEI might come to U.S., right?

  • Smith1

    The article mented Tesla. The roadster gets about 250 miles per charge. The Coda at 88 miles – is far from the best available.

    • I’m adjusting the sentence to be more specific, adding: “…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).”

  • 20% more range is significant for the current crop of early EV’s, given they all have small ranges. It does this by sporting a 29% bigger battery, so something got lost in translation between these two vehicles, probably the extra battery weight limits gains.

    No mention of fast charge capability. I agree its good to see another option available.

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