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.
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