Coda: The Other Electric Car Brand

Coda automobiles are certainly not a household name yet. Yet, the conservatively styled all electric, EV automobile with a $38,125 price tag and a reported 125 mile driving range on a single electric charge are a more recent upstart brand that deserve a good look. Coda claims the longest driving range on a single electrical charge of any all electric car on the market as well as this very competitive price, which is eligible for around $7500 in tax credits largely due to energy legislation promoted by the White House, giving some favor to electric car buyers.

A large part of the drivetrain for Coda automobiles are built in China to save on labor, and also to take advantage of the mining industry of China that is able to mine precious metals for costs much lower than in the United States. However, this advantage is a little bit tarnished by some concerns that the interior fit and finish in some early Coda automobiles could be better compared to many comparable new automobiles, whether gas or electric. Coda claims that interior fit and finish are improved and better in later consumer versions of the cars, unlike some early models loaned to automobile critics for analysis.

Coda is a Los Angeles based zero emissions, EV automobile brand, joining other small American brands like Fisker and Tesla. While both Fisker and Tesla have sought to capture more the electric sports car market, Coda aims for conservatively styled automobiles to compete with the mainstream gasoline or hybrid powered cars from all of the main automobile brands. Coda’s approach to automobiles is not to look like some “green energy” science project or rolling experiment on the road, but to look like a mainstream automobile that just fits in very well.

With plug-in electric charges more and more available at many larger retail store parking lots, EV automobiles like Coda are becoming easier to recharge when used. Coda claims a six hour recharge time with 220-240 volt recharging systems, although a household recharging at 110 volt household current takes around 30 hours compared to the weekly automotive magazine, MOTORWEEK.

Electric automobiles have always been far better than many persons actually realize, In the early 1900’s the Baker all electric cars worked very well despite very early battery electrical storage designs. The modern Coda uses an advanced lithium iron phosphate battery design that is far better than the early days of the Baker or some more recent all electric brands. The system has 333volts and a 31kwh energy potential. Early all electric automobiles such as the Baker only failed in the marketplace because the suspension systems weren’t as sturdy as they needed to be for the rough roads in the early 1900’s, where a gasoline automobile like the Ford Model T simply broke less suspension parts in those days. Otherwise, even early electric cars were actually pretty reliable. But, modern electric cars like the Coda have far surpassed all of this with a comfortable and sturdy functional design and a very reliable modern electric drivetrain.

Some buyers of the car may not like the electronically limited 85mph speed limit, but then again not paying $4 a gallon for gasoline has to come with a few drawbacks. But, the car comes with drivetrain and other warranties that range up to 10 years or 100,000 miles for some components of the car. And Coda automobiles feature a real trunk that can actually carry suitcases or groceries, not a battery storage compartment like most EV automobiles. With true comfortable five passenger seating and four doors, Coda is a sensible automobile.

The car not only is eligible for at least a $7500 tax credit, but also is expected to save consumers an estimated $1500 in gas and nearly $1000 in lower maintenance costs each year of use compared to many comparable gasoline powered automobiles. If a person is able to live with that claimed 125 mile driving range, Coda automobiles may not be a bad choice to consider here. For most people, saving $4 a gallon on gasoline, zero emissions, and a driving range good enough for daily commuting might just be good enough to consider here. The Coda looks like a very good product overall, and proves that private entrepreneurship will find solutions to problems, although those special government tax breaks make this deal a lot sweeter.

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  • Doesn’t look too shabby…

    But… only 5 dealers in the US, and only in California…