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2011 Coda Sedan Electric Car Priced at $44,900, $12K Over Leaf

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2011 Coda Sedan, final production version

2011 Coda Sedan, final production version

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Coda Automotive, the electric car company that many have overlooked until recently has just launched its new site detailing vehicle price, vehicle information and range information. 

 We’ve been guessing at the Sedan’s base price now for some time, but Coda have confirmed that the retail price of their first electric car will be $44,900 before state and federal tax incentives are applied. 

For Californian residents, the Coda Sedan will qualify for both the $7,500 federal tax credit and $5,000 state tax credit through California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, bringing the post-rebate price down to $32,400 for residents of the state residents. 

The four-door, five seat all-electric sedan has a predicted range of between 90 and 120 miles, putting it above the posted range of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, thanks to a 33.8 kilowatt-hour Lithium ion phosphate battery pack. 

The base price of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, before any tax incentives, is $32,780 in the U.S., but higher in other countries. That's $12,120 less than the starting price of the Coda Sedan.

Coda is also keen to point out that its battery pack features complete thermal management to cool or heat the batteries as required,  meaning the 2011 Sedan should operate at optimum level regardless of the outside temperature. 

Top speed is electronically limited to 80 mph, reached using the car’s 100 kilowatt motor capable of developing 221 lb-ft of torque.  

The 2011 Coda Sedan will also feature an on-board charger capable of charging the car at  up to 6.6 kilowatts. That translates to a recharge time of 6 hours for anyone using a 220V, 30A power supply. It will also be able to recharge using 120V outlets, but expect recharge times to be significantly longer. 

Other standard features of the Sedan include 17-inch alloy wheels, a satellite-ready AM/FM/ZM radio with USB/MP3 facility, Bluetooth hands-free system and integrated satellite navigation. Air conditioning is fitted as standard, and customers can choose between a leather interior, or one made from recycled fabric. 

Warranty comes in the form of a 3-year, 36,000 mile coverage for the vehicle and an 8-year, 100,000 mile cover for the battery pack.  Coda plan to offer all maintenance and service facilities using a network of trained technicians which the company plan to unveil later this year. 

The car will come in a range of colors, with pearl White, Midnight Black, Electric Blue and Platinum silver setting off the initial color schemes.  Another color, Sage Green, will be offered soon. 

Those wishing to reserve can do so now at Coda’s shiny new website in exchange for a $499 deposit

NOTE: An earlier version of this article carried a headline with the wrong price, which we have corrected above. We apologize for the error.

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  1. hi nikki,
    boy, you keep on top of the latest news - LOL !!!
    i agree that the price is high. the coda is not really in competition with the leaf, at this point.
    coda is a midsize sedan, the leaf is a compact.
    but i suspect that the next nissan model will be a midsize. as well as whomever else puts one out. coda, or any other no-name company will need to beat out nissan, in terms of both price and quality.
    i suspect that coda is hoping to garner the reputation of having a higher quality car, from the get-go, thereby not having to beat them in price by as much, later on.
    i guess they are on schedule. they said reserve by october, and it is still the end of september.
     
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  2. this is what i like about coda (click my name for the article).
    they just advertise the car, and its features in a down-to-earth way.
    hopefully they dont come up with any dumb polar bears, or other such nonsense. to me, that would hurt the image that they have been building - that of a no-nonsense engineering company, whose goal is to put out a high quality car.
     
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  3. @EV Enthusiast: Having ridden in one this morning, I have to disagree. The Coda Sedan is definitely a compact and not a midsize car.
     
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  4. i thought it was supposed to be a midsize sedan ?
    from pictures, it certainly appears to be bigger than the leaf ?
     
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  5. the length of the leaf is 175, the coda 176. you are correct.
    the wheelbase of the leaf is 106, the coda 102. if i recall, the shorter the wheelbase, the more maneuverable.
    but i need to rearrange my thinking in that the leaf and coda are competitors, in that they are the same size of car.
    being that there are no more leafs, i think coda will still sell their stock.
    but with a msrp of 11 over the leaf, i think that is gonna be hard to overcome in the future, once supply meets up with demand.
    it will be interesting to see what sorts of prices we will see a few years from now, when there are no longer waiting lists, and guaranteed sales ?
     
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  6. Thats quite pricey for a compact sedan? It looks like it should compete with the Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus but the price after tax credits brings it into BMW 3-series pricing and 5-series pricing before the tax credit. I'd rather by the BMW or spend less and get a Leaf, and at least you can get the Leaf serviced at a local Nissan dealer.
     
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  7. i think they will be servicing codas at local firestone dealers, so that should not be a problem.
    i agree, it is a bit pricey. i hope they can bring that price down to the price of a leaf in the next couple of years.
    they either need to beat them on price or quality. right now, they seem to go on quality.
    and that might be. but i think that price difference, if it stays that way, is gonna be too much.
    although granted, with nissan being a mass manufacturer, they would always be selling more vehicles.
    these first few years should be very interesting in the ev market.
    one nice thing about evs in general - the hood should be able to be a whole foot shorter, since there simply isnt as much in it.
    there also is no gas tank, which i think usually shortens up the trunk space ?
    my understanding is that the batteries are typically being installed as a somewhat slender panel that runs all along the bottom of the car, so that it does not really interfere with passenger room or trunk space.
    the coda has a 20 cubic foot trunk, which i think is pretty big for the size of the car ?
     
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  8. I'm sorry but anyone who gives $40K to the Chinese and subsidizes this purchase with local and federal incentives deserves the biggest economic mayhem that's coming to him/her. That's where I draw the line. I hope the rest will follow and wakes up from this bad dream.
     
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  9. The target customers are families who own another car that is available for long trips. They should also be “relatively affluent people, with environmental consciousness,’’ Mr. Czinger said.
    coda is at least aware that at the current price, it is not gonna be a big seller to the masses.
    i suspect that their plans are to bring the price down eventually.
     
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