All-Electric Coda Sedan Hitting CA In 2010: $45K - HotHardware
All-Electric Coda Sedan Hitting CA In 2010: $45K

All-Electric Coda Sedan Hitting CA In 2010: $45K

With the classic automakers struggling to make ends meet in America, it's clear that the time has come for a new regime to usher in a new wave of automobiles. With companies such as Tesla and Lightning doing their best to produce affordable, reliable electric cards, neither has actually shown an ability to craft a vehicle that the layperson could afford. Coda Automotive, however, is hoping to add a real option at the lower-end in the electric car space.



Introduced this week, the simply named Coda -- a four door, five passenger sedan with an all-electric drive train -- has been pegged with a 2010 ship date in California. The car was originally designed by one Miles Rubin, and he's remaining an integral part of the launch. Unfortunately, it seems as if the Coda will be restricted for sale in CA for the near term, though if business hits big, we can't imagine the company not expanding its reach.



The electric family car includes enough battery power to travel between 90 and 120 miles on a full charge, and it can regain 40 miles of range with just two hours of charging. It supports energy from any 110 or 220V socket, and a full charge (from 0% to 100%) can be accomplished in as little as six hours. Kevin Czinger, President and CEO, Coda Automotive, had this to say: "The Coda sedan is an all-electric vehicle for everyone. It's a practical revolution for real drivers who need reliable transportation."



The cost of the car is expected to be around $45,000, but the actual cost of ownership will dip much lower after a $7,500 federal credit along with other incentives. Coda Automotive estimates that it will cost less than $3 (on average) to drive 100 miles, whereas a comparable gas-powered sedan would eat up around $17 in fuel costs to drive that same distance. Amenities are everywhere as well, with the factory list of equipment including navigation, Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM radio, USB connectivity and aluminum wheels. The car's even backed by a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty. So, who's moving to California?
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News:
The cost of the car
is expected to be around $45,000, but the actual cost of ownership will
dip much lower after a $7,500 federal credit along with other
incentives.

This must be some kind of a joke. Seriously, pinch me! Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for such an ugly electric car? Electric cars will have a place, but not at THAT outrageous price! Take a look HERE at a more realistic look into our futures!

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I totally agree with SuperDave. I can't see how they are going to sell *any* of these cars at $45k - I wouldn't buy that ugly thing if it were $16k, and I really want an electric car.

>> Coda Automotive estimates that it will cost less than $3 (on average) to drive 100 miles, whereas a comparable gas-powered sedan would eat up around $17 in fuel costs to drive that same distance.

Who drives a car that gets 14 miles to the gallon?!?!! I think they are cooking the math.

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I would imagine that these all electrics aren't for everyone.  I can only see it as a commuting car and a drive to the store kind of a car.  The recharge time is horrible for something that should be mobile.  Also how does roadside assisstance work when you get stuck, aka no power.  I think Hybrids are the only real world example of the future.  Sure all electric would be nice, but they're not practical yet, and check the tag as the others mentioned.

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Super Dave:
Who in their right mind would pay that kind of money for such an ugly electric car?

The Chevy that you linked to is less money and has the same rebates and incentives that you get with this Fugly one.

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That things really is ugly.

The Chevy Volt is a nice looking car, and i've been following it for a while.

You could in theory drive on only electric as long as your commute is short enough.

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acarzt:
You could in theory drive on only electric as long as your commute is short enough

I have a few friends that use golf carts to get around most of the time. They say it saves them a bundle and where they live, they can get away with it too.

I bought my daughter a Hyundai Elantra a few years back. It was 3 years old at the time and they wanted $5,000.00 for the car, so I went to see it. A young man was selling it for his grandmother and he said that she used it twice per week. I asked to drive it and it was just like a new car. I checked the millage and it had 3,715 miles on it. Yeah 3 thousand, seven hundred and fifteen miles. I gave them a full price offer on it on the spot. It was the only car that I ever bought that I didn't haggle over the price.
It turned out that she lived within a mile of her church and was a half of a mile from the grocery store. the only two places she ever took it.

I think that electric cars would be perfect for many people, even if they don't go long distances.

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I used to have an elanta lol It was good little car! I've even thought of getting an other for my daily driver lol

I've put way too many miles on my mustang. It's an '08 and has almost 60k miles on it already :-( She just turned 3 this month.

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I liked the looks of the cars super dave linked to, they look more future/current like. But the car here doesn't look all that bad. It kinda looks like any other sedan...

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acarzt:
I used to have an elanta lol It was good little car!

When I bought it for her, I took it and had the windows tinted first, then I put an in-dash Pioneer CD player in it and replaced all of the speakers with Kenwoods. All of it was mid level stuff, but it sounded great in that tiny little car. I put ceramic brake shoes on it and a new set of tires because the ones on it had tread, but were dry-rotted from sitting all of the time. I added a full set of Monroe struts when I bought the tires. (I had a really good deal with owner of the tire shop going)

Then I added sheepskin seat covers and had it pinstriped.

It was looking good when I gave it to her. She still has the car.

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acarzt:
The Chevy Volt is a nice looking car

Or at least it was a nice looking car.

I really wanted it so bad (even put my name on the waiting list) when it looked like this:

But the final product now somehow looks like this:

I'm not so excited for it anymore.  :(

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Yeah, that's a huge-ass difference!

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lol wow! I never saw that concept lol

I'd only ever seen the second one you posted. Personally I like the second one much better.

Also, concept cars never come out looking the same. And many of them never come out at all. :-(

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acarzt:
Personally I like the second one much better.

I like the looks of the first concept far better, except for one thing,......the rear wheels look mighty exposed and vulnerable because there's no bodywork there to protect them in a low speed crash. It would be an Achilles Heel for the design.

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acarzt:
Personally I like the second one much better.

We'll have to agree to disagree there.  :)

I'd describe the first one as "BADASS!".  I'd describe the second one as "Bad.  Ass.".

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3vi1:
I'd describe the second one as "Bad.  Ass."

You're such a smart ass. Ha-Ha!

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The first one looks like the asian half brother of the Crystler 300 lol

The second looks somewhat similar to the new Ford Taurus :-P

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acarzt:

The first one looks like the asian half brother of the Crystler 300 lol

The second looks somewhat similar to the new Ford Taurus :-P

New car's shapes are leaning towards high MPG shapes. I worked at a wind tunnel once and recognize some of these shapes as having minimal drag.

The new Volt is a high MPG shape as is the Prius.

They may be  really good on economy, but they're Fugly Bun Of A Sitches.

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This car looks way better than the tata nano! If I'm gonna be spending that cash I would love to have one of this.

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