Forget Free Gas: 2012 Coda Sedan Comes With Free Electricity

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2012 Coda Sedan

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How many times have you gone car shopping to hear the salesman promise to give you free gas for a few weeks or months as a deal sweetener? 

In the days of $4-a-gallon gasoline, those kind of deals aren’t as common as they once were, but now Californian electric automaker Coda Automotive has revived the practice to entice customers into its 2012 Coda Sedan.

Naturally, Coda isn’t offering free gasoline: instead, it wants to give customers 10,000 miles of free electricity. 

Buy a 2012 Coda Sedan during the month of October, and the automaker will give you a $552 rebate towards the cost of charging your car. 

It came to this figure by assuming an average national electricity price of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, and an EPA-approved rating of 0.46 kWh per mile in the 2012 Coda Sedan. 

Coda’s own press release announcing the deal is keen to point out that the average cost of driving an gasoline car 10,000 miles would work out at $1,723.

2012 Coda Sedan

2012 Coda Sedan

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In California, the automaker points out, that figure could be more than $2,000.

There’s obviously some benefit in being given free electricity to go with your electric car, even for just the first 10,000 miles. 

But would the deal encourage you to pick the $38,145 base level Coda Sedan over something more mainstream, like the 2013 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Mitsubishi i? 

Let us know in the Comments below.


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Comments (7)
  1. Short answer. No.

  2. No way! Not until I see the crash test result.

    I seriously doubt that CODA will survive as a company...

  3. "EPA-approved rating of 0.46 kWh per mile"

    That is 2.17 miles per KWh. Worse than Volt, Leaf, Focus EV, i-Miev, Honda Fit EV, Toyota E-Rav and even the Tesla S.

    Can I call it "officially" the least efficient EV on the market today?

  4. @Xialong: What about the Fisker Karma?

  5. Good question!

    I don't consider Fisker Karma as "EV" b/c in its "sports" mode, it starts engine... So, it can't operate in all "equivalent" performance mode with EV power only...

    I know. Call me crazy. I got a pretty weird and "strict" definition on when to call a plugin hybrid EVs...

  6. does it have quick charge? because that is #1 on the flow chart

  7. The question should not be: Do you buy the car because of $552?
    The question should be: Do you buy the car because you save nearly $2000 for every 10,000 miles you drive vs your 23 mpg ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car .. that is $20,000 savings for 100k miles or more than 2/3rds of a CODA, Leaf or other non luxury EV after federal and state rebates ...

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