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Coda's 2011 Electric Sedan Is Looking Pretty Good

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On: Wed, May 26, 2010 at 9:40AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

Coda's 2011 Electric Sedan Is Looking Pretty Good

This startup, fledgling automaker based in Los Angeles, California is getting some pretty decent attention in the news as of late. I have been seeing articles and reports from all over about this new electric car line that promises one of the most advanced electric batteries to ever be used in any electric car. This is because the car uses a Chinese-made Lithium-ion (LiFePO4) battery that is configured with 728 cells (104s7p), and that, according to the specs on their website (http://www.codaautomotive.com/tech_specs.html), gets around, “6 hours from 220V (30AMP)” driving time. The battery can easily be charged overnight, in about 5-7 hours.

The car is an impressive and roomy four-door sedan that is both sugary-looking and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. And it’s pretty safe too. According to the safety specs on the car, which can be easily found at their website in the ‘Tech Specs’ section, the car is equipped with, “Intelligent 6 air bag system (two advanced frontal, two seat-mounted side, and 2 side curtain airbags), Occupant Detection.”  But they also offer the always desirable Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), and Electronic Stability Control, as well as three point seatbelts. The overall federal safety rating, according to their website, will be an, “Anticipated 5-Star NCAP (New Car Assessment Program).”

The entire scoop on this car is easy to comprehend, after looking at their website briefly. The car is spacious enough, but really falls under the mid-sized sedan category. As far as how many miles it is capable of traveling on a single charge, Coda's provided specs look pretty good too. According to the website specs, the vehicle’s range is, 90-120 miles (US 06 & UDDS). The battery takes about six hours to charge up once it has run out of juice. Not too bad when you think about it—as most people don’t tend to travel more than 100 miles per day, unless you are commuting interstate.

As far as top speeds, the company says the car will get “80 mph (Electronically Limited).” So if you are looking for that electric sports car, this is not the speed demon you seek. With regards to the warranty they will be offering on this new line—which they plan to sell in California in 2011—the company offers a meager 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That coverage includes an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on the battery; the most crucial part of this car in many senses. So the warranty is okay, but certainly not the best of the bunch.

The company has gained much attention in the news after securing some significant startup funding over the past month. According to a recent report published by Reuters “California start-up electric car company Coda said on Wednesday it raised $58 million in its latest financing round, and would set up an office in Singapore.”

But they have raised a tad more in capital funing than that over the past year, according to the same report by Reuters. “Invested capital now totals more than $125 million, said Coda, which plans to use the money raised, in part, to support the market entry of the company's all-electric sedan.”

The company is slated to release about 14,000 units for sale in California in 2011. The car is set to be priced somewhere around $30,000 US, before all other options and other add-ons are factored into the final price, like tax, title fees, etc. Looks like a pretty good deal on a sleek-looking and saucy, high-range electric car, for a change.

And it also looks pretty sexy on the inside as well!

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