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Old 05-19-2010, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here comes the Coda electric car

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Just started to notice web ads for the Coda :

Affordable Electric Cars, All-Electric Vehicles (EV) | CODA Automotive

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Vehicle range: 90-120 miles (US 06 & UDDS) [addition based on Daox' post]
Top Speed: 80 mph (Electronically Limited) [addition based on Daox' post]


0-60 mph - under 11 seconds
Charge Time: 6 hours from 220V (30AMP)
Occupancy: 4 passengers
Vehicle Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Battery Warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles

Battery Chemistry: Lithium-ion (LiFePO4)
Battery Configuration: 728 cells (104s7p)
Battery Energy: 33.8 kWh
Nominal Battery Voltage: 333V
Here's a video says that it's about $30K after incentives :

THE WSJ?s JOE WHITE TAKES A SPIN IN THE ALL-ELECTRIC CODA AND PROVIDES THOUGHTS ON AUTO INDUSTRY INNOVATION CODA Clearing the Air

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So, what is the range they are claiming? It costs a lot more than the Leaf, and it seats 4 vs 5, and it's made in China. I'm thinking they are not going to compete well against the Leaf...
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Vehicle range: 90-120 miles (US 06 & UDDS)
Top Speed: 80 mph (Electronically Limited)
Acceleration: 0-60 mph - under 11 seconds
Charge Time: 6 hours from 220V (30AMP)
Occupancy: 4 passengers
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It has a much larger pack than the leaf though. 24kWh vs 33.8 for the coda. That is an attractive feature, although the car itself is very blah IMO.
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Right, I forgot that -- the aero is pretty blah, too.
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It's the most "car" looking electric I have seen, which I think is a real plus. Every time I talk to people about my electric car, they tell me they see them all the time, and start to describe a Smart car they have seen. They find it hard to believe that the Smart is not an electric; so my question is always the same "Why do you think it's electric, because it's small and stupid looking??"
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Hopefully the Coda is a shameless copy of a Cobalt or something, because I doubt Pep Boys will have ball joints in stock otherwise. Also, imagine trying to import a windshield from China if yours gets broken.

They should drop that Chinese powertrain into a proven platform like a Yaris or maybe a Versa with some aero tweaks.

vpoppv, you're right. People ask me all the time whether "hybrid" means I have to plug it in. Sometimes I don't feel like explaining how it allows engine downsizing and easier EOC.
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It has a much larger pack than the leaf though. 24kWh vs 33.8 for the coda. That is an attractive feature, although the car itself is very blah IMO.
I think that's the goal. One way or another, they will find out if there is a "blah electric car" market. If nothing else, one of us could go to town on it with aero-mods, .

Hmmmmm, I wonder if it has a bellypan?

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Yep, seen them too. On the Honda-Tech forums of all places!
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That is a big pack yielding not-so-big range.
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That is a big pack yielding not-so-big range.
Yeah, it looks like the "mule" is a standard issue car (already being produced under name "X" in China?!?!?). Probably the trade-off for a "normal stuff" car.

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