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Electric Car with 125-150 Mile Range

The CODA electric sedan is expected to be released in the next month with two options for driving range: 125 miles and 150 miles. The difference is in the battery packs – the option providing 125 miles per charge puts the cost of the whole car at $37,250 for the base price, but federal and state tax incentives can lower that considerably. The battery pack providing an additional 25 miles per charge increases the car’s overall price  slightly to $39,000.

However, the ranges of 125 and 150 miles per charge have not yet been certified by the EPA. A comparable, though slightly smaller electric car already being driven on American roads is the Nissan Leaf, which the EPA certified at 73 miles per charge. A real world driving test of a fancy Tesla Roadster did achieve 165 miles per charge, but this vehicle also costs $128,000.

So if the CODAs can actually go for 125 or 150 miles per charge in real world driving conditions, that would be significant for consumers who can afford new mid-priced cars and want to get off petroleum. Most drivers tend to drive less on their daily trips than 125 or 150 miles, so the CODA’s expected range is more than sufficient – it even leaves some miles over the typical commute for a cushion in case of unexpected delays, cold weather or unusually heavy traffic.

A review in September of a pre-production model concluded, “Overall, the Coda stacks up well against EVs made by mainstream manufacturers, especially for the price. What remains to be seen is whether prospective buyers will be willing to take a chance on an untested independent carmaker.” (Source: LA Times)

The first CODAs will be sold at a dealer in San Diego. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu are expected to be next four locations for sales.

 

Image Credit: skinnylawyer (Rachel So), Wiki Commons

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4:40PM PDT on May 22, 2012

good news!

12:23AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

The Coda car in the video is a nice looking car. My concern is where do you plug it in after the 150 miles when you are on vacation and driving 600 - 800 miles in one day?

9:57AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

I fully agree with John.C .
Read his comments carefully!

8:51AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Jim N: I have a problem with an alleged "mode of transportation" with little range, high price, a lot of safety concerns, a lot of maintenance costs, a huge questions as to how much it is really going to cost to charge (the real fuel costs), and a real environmental effect that is worse than what it is supposed to replace (materials and production cost for the batteries and the electricity are not environmentally friendly or at least the generation is claimed by the Luddites to be a problem). I have a problem with your concept of "progress" which never is real progress! All these electrical cars have been a financial and practical disaster. Sounds like all the "green" projects and various alternative fuels like ethanol that are pushed by the same cast of clowns.

4:33AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:29AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Thank you.

11:07PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Pleased to see companies are still trying to 'better' these cars.

7:04PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Noted,interesting.

5:12PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

John has a problem with progress.


You're either backwards or forward, because you ain't standing still.

Enjoy being backwards.

4:55PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Oh I hate the whole car industry especially the sales creeps, but actually do appreciate the designers...

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