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Coda Automotive

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    The 2012 Coda Sedan electric car had a long, troubled gestation and a brief life before joining other failed automotive startups in the history books. But at least few hundred cars were built, all told, and now some of them are for sale as rolling "gliders," without their battery packs. If you happen to want to buy a Chinese-assembled decade-old four-door compact electric sedan, without the underfloor battery pack that made it run, now's your chance. DON'T MISS: 2012 Coda Sedan: First Drive (September 2012) As detailed on Transport Evolved, the story arose from an eBay listing for a Coda...

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    So What's A Brand-New (Defunct) Coda Sedan Electric Car Worth?

    For every success story in the electric car world, there's also a less than successful endeavor. Coda would find itself in the latter category. Years of hype deflated like a burst balloon when the company went bankrupt in May 2013. The company's cars are still available though, through a firm...

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    Leftover 2012 Coda Sedan Electric Cars, 'Gliders' Now For Sale

    Coda Automotive's leftover inventory of cars and parts has been purchased by a third party, which plans to sell everything at a discount.

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    Electric-Car Startup Coda Automotive Files For Bankruptcy

    Coda Automotive has become the latest casualty of the cut-throat electric car industry, today filing for bankruptcy. The company will dissolve the carmaking business and instead put its efforts into Coda Energy, a stationary battery storage business it started in 2011. According to The Detroit...

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    Greentech Auto's Electric Sedan: Haven't We Seen This Before?

    Suppose you took a Chinese-made compact sedan, converted it to a battery-electric vehicle, and sold it in the U.S. market. Does that story line sound familiar? If so, you may be thinking of Coda Automotive, the now-all-but-defunct maker of the 2012 Coda Sedan. Coda flashed into our minds on reading...

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    2012 Coda Sedan Electric Car Price Slashed to $25,000

    Coda Automotive, the startup maker that builds the 2012 Coda Sedan electric car, is going through some very tough times. But it looks like one of its three dealers is trying to figure out the right price point for the all-electric compact sedan--which was originally priced at $38,145, including a...

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    The storm clouds continue to darken over electric-car startup Coda Automotive. The day after Christmas, the company announced on its Facebook page that it had closed its Coda Experience Center showroom in the Westfield Mall Century City. Then, last Friday, Coda laid off more staff. That day, the company released the following statement: On Friday, January 4th, CODA furloughed a number of employees as the Company takes necessary action to bolster its financing and better position the business going forward. The Company has kept in place a sufficient number of staff to keep the Company...

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    Coda In Trouble? Electric-Car Maker Lays Off 15% Of Staff

    If you're a couple of years late launching your car, and it gets only tepid reviews, and then its frontal crash safety is rated at just two stars out of five, it might be safe to say your company has a few challenges. That's the situation for Coda Automotive, which yesterday confirmed that it had...

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    2012 Coda Sedan Electric Car: Track Test Reveals Anomalies

    The new car market is a harsh environment even for the best-funded and most-respected of carmakers. For a brand like Coda, whose electric sedan is not only a niche product by its very nature but also one with a very low market profile, it can be tougher still. Regardless, they say it's the product...

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    Forget Free Gas: 2012 Coda Sedan Comes With Free Electricity

    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...

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    2012 Coda Sedan: First Drive

    It's been a long time coming, but the 2012 Coda Sedan is now on sale at a handful of dealers in California. Six months after the very first Coda compact electric cars were delivered to buyers, the company is gearing up a major publicity push to sell the electric sedan--which we've now driven. Our...

  • First 2012 Coda Sedan customer car emerges from Benicia, CA, assembly plant, March 2012
    Coda Plans Second Electric Car, Withdraws DoE Loan Application

    When Coda Automotive started production and sales of its 2012 Sedan earlier this year, it ended years of doubt and confusion about the firm’s abilities to bring a highway-capable electric car to market. Yesterday, Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh confirmed Coda’s intent to manufacture a second...

  • 2012 Coda Sedans on assembly line, Benicia, California, March 2012

    We breathed a sigh of relief when Coda announced it had started production of its electric Sedan earlier this month. Then, we positively jumped for joy when little over a week later, the first customers started taking delivery of their new 2012 Coda Sedans. It had certainly been a long time coming. However, good news rarely lasts, and now the Columbus Dispatch reports (via Green Car Congress) that Coda Automotive has dropped its plans to build a lithium-ion battery fabrication plant in Columbus, Ohio. The abandoned plans are due to the delay Coda has experienced in receiving definitive...

  • First delivery of 2012 Coda Sedan, at Coda Los Angeles, to buyer "Carmen," March 2012
    First 2012 Coda Sedan Electric Cars Delivered To Paying Customers

    You can add one more to the list of electric cars now on sale in the U.S., with deliveries last week of the very first 2012 Coda Sedan models last Friday in northern and southern California. In publicized events at Coda dealers in both Los Angeles and Siicon Valley (south of San Francisco), dealer...

  • 2012 Coda Sedans on assembly line, Benicia, California, March 2012
    2012 Coda Sedan Production Starts; 88-Mile Range, 73 MPGe Efficiency

    While the company didn't make its self-imposed deadline for first customer deliveries in February, Coda Automotive has a different reason to celebrate today. At 10:25 am Pacific time, the first production 2012 Coda Sedan electric car is set to drive off the assembly line at its plant in Benicia...

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    It’s The Last Day Of February: Where’s The 2012 Coda Sedan?

    Once every four years -- with a few odd exceptions -- February gets an extra day. That’s probably a good thing, because Californian automaker Coda promised earlier this year that it would deliver its first all-electric 2012 Sedan by the end of this month. Even with an extra day, Coda looks to...

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    Coda: We’ll Start Selling 2012 Sedan In February, Papers Allowing

    Earlier this month at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Californian startup Coda Automotive promised that it would begin sales of its first car -- the all-electric 2012 Coda Sedan -- in February. However, with just a week to go before the end of January and very little news to go on about the impending...

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    Coda Secures More Funding, Continues March Towards 2012 Sedan Production

    Californian electric automaker Coda Automotive might have recently opened its first showroom and signed a deal to open a final assembly plant in Benicia, California where it plans to install the electric drivetrain in its 2012 Coda Sedans -- but it has only just closed an eight-month funding round...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan electric car, at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

    It’s been just a week since Californian automaker Coda Automotive opened up its first showroom in LA’s Westside in the Westfield Century Mall -- but now Coda bosses have confirmed that it has signed a deal to open a final assembly plant in Benicia, California. The deal, which Coda has been working on since last year -- will bring around 50 jobs to the area as well as produce all of Coda’s U.S. market cars. But just like fellow automaker Tesla and its 2008-2011 Roadster, Coda won’t actually be making cars at the Benicia facility from raw materials. Instead, the Benicia...

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    2012 Coda Sedan: LA Times Drives Elusive Compact Electric Car

    “In America, we like everyone to know about the good work we’re doing anonymously,” Jay Leno explained to Top Gear’s James May, discussing his views of the green-car mentality in the U.S. His point: The models we buy affirm their conscientiousness (and our own) with...

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    2012 Coda Sedan: You Can’t Get One Yet, But You Can Visit The Store

    Where do you go to buy your next green car? For most consumers, the answer would be the local car dealer on the outskirts of town, but yesterday California-based Coda Automotive just opened up its first showroom -- in a shopping mall. Located on L.A’s Westside in the Westfield Century Mall...

  • 2011 Coda Sedan at Hertz Global EV rental launch, New York City, December 2010
    Coda Automotive Needs Funding to Finish Delayed Electric Sedan

    What does $50 million buy you? We can think of plenty of good things we could do, but according to Californian electric car firm Coda Automotive, $50 million is how much it needs to bring its four door all-electric sedan to market. According to The New York Times, Christopher Rose, the...

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    What Ever Happened To...? 5 Electric Cars We Should Have by Now

    Nissan may have got heat recently for its long, drawn out and significantly delayed rollout of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but it isn’t the only company struggling to fulfil its own sales figures for 2011. Over the past two years there have been a whole barrage of cars which were promised to the...

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    Electric Car Startups To Square Off Against Big Auto Competition

    Competition is heating up in the electric car sector, and the next few years will be a challenging testing ground for startups looking to gain a foothold among consumers as more and more major automakers launch electric and hybrid cars. Some startups have lofty ambitions. Electric car startup Coda...

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