2011 LA Auto Show: Coda Releases Pricing, Details on 2012 Sedan

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2011 Coda Sedan electric car

2011 Coda Sedan electric car

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It’s taken a long time arriving, but we finally know how much a 2012 Coda Sedan will cost you to buy: $39,900 before state and federal incentives.

In a press release to coincide with the start of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Coda has finally disclosed some of the key features of its much-delayed all-electric sedan, as well as confirm that production is already under way on its first ever car. 

Longer range

Coda claims the 2012 Sedan’s battery pack will travel up to 150 miles on a single charge, although it has yet to publish any official EPA rating for the car. 

Acceleration is not disclosed at this time, but Coda claims the Coda Sedan’s 99 kilowatt electric motor is capable of producing 221 lb-feet of torque, enough to accelerate it to a top speed of 85 miles-per-hour without holding up traffic. 

Faster than Leaf, Volt to charge

cutaway drawing of 2011 Coda Sedan electric car

cutaway drawing of 2011 Coda Sedan electric car

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Fitted as standard with a 6.6 kilowatt battery charger, Coda says the 2012 Sedan will charge from empty to full in as little as six hours, with a partial charge to give 100 miles of range possible in 2 hours, 50 minutes. 

At this point we should probably note that although most public charging stations should support the Coda Sedan’s more powerful on-board charger, some older, or cheaper level 2 charging stations may not, resulting in longer charging times. 

Ten year, 100,000 mile battery warranty

Rather than offer the eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty offered by most of its competitors, Coda says the 2012 Coda Sedan will come with a ten-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty, whichever is sooner. This should also help ensure the 2012 Coda Sedan is eligible for all the perks that California offers production electric cars, including access to the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes and an additional $2,500 in electric vehicle purchase rebates. 

2011 Coda Sedan electric car, New York City, September 2010

2011 Coda Sedan electric car, New York City, September 2010

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For most owners, we’d expect the 100,000 mile limit to be hit within the first eight years of ownership rather than ten, but we’re pleased to see Coda offering a warranty period which should allow it to compete on an even playing field with much larger automakers.

More than a Leaf, Less than a Focus Electric

At a recommended starting price of $39,900 before state and federal incentives, the 2012 Coda Sedan is some $4,700 more expensive than the now-popular 2012 Nissan Leaf, and a just $95 cheaper than the 2012 Ford Focus Electric

And in many ways, the 2012 Ford Focus is more of a direct challenger to the Coda than the Nissan Leaf. With a similar-sized engine and the ability to charge to full in under four hours, the 2012 Ford Focus matches the Coda on all but range. 

We’ll have more from the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, including more from Coda. To make sure you stay up to date with the latest news, why not follow GreenCarReports on  Facebook and Twitter, or bookmark our dedicated 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show news page.

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Comments (4)
  1. Wow, they were able to cut the price down now they will be in a better position to compete with the Leaf. With only a $4,700 gap in price people may opt for the Coda's more conventional design and of course it's longer range.

  2. I think they can thank Ford for making the Coda a desirable option. Not the value of a Volt or a LEAF, but much better than the Ford Focus EV, with far more trunk space and longer range.

  3. Never ever heard of CODA. Who makes it? Never heard of LG either but Best Buys sells them in bunches. It seems way way overpriced. I'd buy one for $26k, maybe. Who is going to repair the vehicle?

  4. i suspect that coda is the best ev, when compared to either the leaf or the focus. in terms of quality of car, battery, etc.

    i have always thought that they were very smart for selling to the rental companies. are they still planning on making much of their sales to them ? if i recall, nearly half were gonna be sold to the rental companies.

    this will allow a great number of people to drive it, without any commitment.

    coda's biggest problem now is that it is a newcomer. will they be in business 2 years from now ? people know that ford and nissan will be.

    this is true for all newcomers.

    if the quality of the car is there, the potential buyers will be there, as well.

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