Coda Electric Sedan News

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 27, 2012

Coda EV Recall Hints at Big Sales Problem

A small recall should be relatively good news for any automaker. Sure, there’s a problem that needs to be fixed, but at least millions of dollars won’t be needed to rectify the problem on thousands of vehicles. That line of thinking doesn’t apply here, however, since Coda Automotive’s recall of 78 electric-powered sedans hints at a much bigger problem. The low recall figure suggests the California-based start-up has not yet sold 100 vehicles, after about five months on the market.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 05, 2012

Coda Encounters Difficulties After Launching Its Electric Sedan

In my review of the Coda electric sedan in last Sunday’s New York Times, I applauded the car for its ability to reliably deliver 100 miles of range on a charge, but criticized the EV for its shortcomings. It was a tricky balance to strike, because the concept that inspired the company—to offer an affordable EV with decent range—is laudable. There are talented dedicated people working at Coda, and I want every company trying to further the mission of electric cars to succeed. But at the end of the day, the car’s lack of style, amenities and ride quality, call into question why a potential EV buyer would go with Coda rather than other more capable electric cars on sale.

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By Eric Loveday ·
April 30, 2012

Coda Withdraws DOE Loan Request, Will Build Overseas

Coda Automotive is now the latest automaker to withdraw its DOE loan request. Citing the DOE's lack of timely response, Coda will no longer seek money from the federal government and will most likely build its future electric vehicles overseas rather than at an assembly site in the US.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 12, 2012

New EPA Numbers Promote Confusion About EV Efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released efficiency numbers for the Coda Sedan, assigning a rating of 73 MPGe. Okay, that's disappointing compared to the LEAF's 99 MPGe, the Ford Focus Electric's 105 MPGe and the Mitsubishi i at 112 MPGe. On the other hand, because the Coda has the biggest battery of the bunch, beating all other EVs with an EPA "miles on a charge" rating of 88 miles. These numbers seem designed to instill confusion.

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By Eric Loveday ·
January 10, 2012

Coda Offers Slightly Cheaper Version of its Electric Sedan

Coda Automotive announced yesterday that it will offer two versions of its electric 2012 Sedan. In addition to its sedan with a range of up to 150 miles, featuring a 36-kWh battery pack and carries a price tag of $39,900, Coda will launch a lower-priced version equipped with a 31-kWh battery and a range of up to 125 miles. This slightly cheaper version of Coda's Sedan will have an MSRP of $37,250.

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By Eric Loveday ·
January 02, 2012

Coda Electric Sedan to Make Showroom Debut in February, Sales to Follow

Coda Automotive aims to sell its electric Sedan starting in February 2012 through its first US dealership, Marvin K. Brown Auto Center, centrally located in the heart of San Diego, California

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By Brad Berman ·
November 17, 2011

First Drive: 2012 Coda Electric Sedan

As I reported for the New York Times Wheels blog this morning, it looks like Coda has turned the corner on the journey to offering its all-electric sedan. Evidence: The company lowered the price by $5,000 to $39,900; it locked in a deal with GE to provide the Level 2 charger; it extended its battery warranty to 10 years; and it improved the fit and finish of the model compared to previous versions. But all of these iterative improvements don’t mean that Coda is out of the woods. Just a few minutes ago, I took my first ever drive in the “batch five” prototype of the car.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 23, 2011

Evidence Mounts for Late 2011 Release of Coda Electric Car

Something is going on at Coda Automotive, the California-based upstart electric car company with the plain-looking sedan. After a period of relative quiet in the spring and summer, the company has issued a string of announcements in recent weeks showing tangible steps toward its promise of delivering its first units before the end of 2011. The company has slipped on previous dates for delivery, but now there’s evidence the pieces are coming together.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 02, 2011

Coda Web Video Celebrates 'End Dependence Day'

Just in time for Fourth of July weekend, Coda Automotive has released a web video encouraging Americans to celebrate “End Dependence Day.” The spot examines different perspectives on what it means to be free and what we are dependent on: namely oil.

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By Alysha Webb ·
July 01, 2011

Coda Found China Harder to Work With Than Anticipated but Confirms Q4 Launch Date

Issues with its Chinese partners have apparently been holding up the start of production of Coda Automotive’s pure electric sedans. I met with Sean Blankenship, Coda’s vice president of automotive marketing, a few days ago at Coda’s headquarters in Santa Monica, and asked whether Coda was confident it would meet its latest deadline—the fourth quarter of this year—after several missed launch dates.

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