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Although the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy months ago, Coda Automotive wants to recall its single product to replace the side curtain airbags.
While it may have achieved an overall crash test rating of four stars, in the front crash test performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the Coda EV achieved a rating more in line with the quality of its design: 2 stars.
Last week, CODA Automotive began production on its electric sedan and now the Los Angeles-based automaker has begun selling in their home state of California.
The CODA sedan easily fits five and is based on the Chinese market Hafei Saibao. Priced at $35,200, the EV is competitive especially considering that it offers up to a 125-mile range on a single charge. The first 500 retail vehicles will come with limited-edition features to prove that early adopters have one of the first CODAs to hit the road.
Unlike traditional automakers, CODA is selling their EVs through unique, mall-based showrooms in addition to conventional dealerships. Last year, CODA celebrated the opening of their first dealership in a Los Angeles mall.
Even though pricing has CODA’s vehicles in an entirely different market, we hope that they have better luck in the near future than what Fisker has ran into recently.
Never heard of the American car company Coda? We won’t blame you. This electric car upstart is trying to make a name for itself, but has so far run into production delays plus other birthing problems new car companies face.
However, the editor’s at Forbes believe in Coda and that it will soon be among the most successful new companies in America. Forbes has thus included Coda in their annual “100 Most Promising Companies” list.
Coda is also the only car company in this exclusive list, which mostly is comprised of software companies, and has placed a burger joint (Smashburger) at the top.
Forbes says that the reason Coda is on its list is because of “compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital.” Even in tough times, Coda has managed to raise money, hire more people and start production, which is a huge accomplishment in these tough economic times.
Coda’s CEO Phil Murtaugh said he is “honored and excited for this recognition.”
If all goes to plan, Coda will start delivering their electric sedan in a few months time. Price start at $39,900 plus a destination charge of $895. However, due to its green credentials, you’ll get a $7500 credit from the Government. The Coda requires six-hours (from 220V) to charge fully and has a range of 150-miles.
CODA Automotive has opened its first consumer store in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center in Los Angeles, California, hoping to bring an innovative sales experience to their consumers. CODA Automotive is part of CODA Holdings, a California-based developer of advanced Lithium-ion power battery systems that are used to power their CODA sedan. The four-door, five-passenger, CODA EV features 134-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque with a range of around 150-miles.
The new CODA Experience Center stays consistent with the rest of CODA’s green mantra, building its 900 square feet store with eco-friendly materials that’s located near to a multiplex theatre, dining terrace and valet parking. The innovative store features an Electric Vehicle Bar where consumers can be educated on the benefits of electric cars; a Technology Display featuring a full-size replica and explanation of CODA’s battery and propulsion systems; and a Test Drive Check-in Counter that’s a one-stop shop for consumers to sign up for a test-drive.
CODA’s Experience Center isn’t just staffed with those knowledgeable about their EVs, but also how to setup your home for an electric vehicle and CODA also plans to host several events educating all nearby residents on the benefits of electric vehicles.
Buying an electric car can be a tough decision to make, especially if you’ve never owned one before. EV manufacturer Coda has come up with of the perfect solution. The company has teamed up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to add its all-electric sedan into the rental car company’s fleet. Coda will introduce about 100 sedans across various Enterprise locations throughout 2011.
The Coda Sedan is the company’s first vehicle and it will be available in the coming months. A five-passenger sedan, this model comes equipped with a full-size trunk and a cruising range of between 90 and 120 miles per charge. It features a 6.6 kW on-board charging system which needs six hours for a full charge and can provide a 40-mile cruising range with just a two hour charging period.
“The CODA’s dependable, all-season range is a perfect match for the driving conditions found throughout Enterprise’s neighborhood network of car rental locations,” said Kevin Czinger, President and CEO, CODA Automotive. “Enterprise has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and is aligned with our mission to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.”
No only will the Coda Sedan be a part of the Enterprise rental fleet, the rental company will serve as a loaner car system for Coda owners. When a Coda vehicle owner takes it in for service, an Enterprise rental car will be available while the vehicle is in the shop.