In the electric car landscape, there are old guards trying their hand at building them; Ford with the Focus Electric, Honda with the Fit EV, and Nissan with the Leaf. Then there are the upstarts ready to take a slice of the EV market: Tesla with the Model S and CODA with the CODA sedan. If you’re scratching your head and wondering who is CODA, they are an electric car startup founded in 2009 with the goal of producing an electric vehicle. Their first car, the CODA Sedan, began production in early 2012.
CODA might be a small company, but they have some technological advantages to the competition. For starters, the 2013 CODA sedan uses a 100kW electric motor to produce 134 horsepower and a best-in-class 221 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is routed to a single-speed transmission. Another technological advantage CODA has over the competition is a large 31kW lithium-ion phosphate battery. CODA says the lithium-iron phosphate battery is actually more powerful than the lithium-ion battery most of its competitors use. Also, a lithium-iron phosphate battery lasts longer than a lithium-ion battery. This unique battery allows the CODA sedan to get a best-in-class range of up to 125 miles. Recharging the CODA sedan takes around six hours when plugged into a 240V charger.
Starting at $37,250, the CODA sedan comes well equipped. Standard features include six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the GreenScreen system which monitors efficiency and energy consumption of your sedan, eco-friendly cloth seats, an Alpine navigation system, connectivity for your iPod, iPhone, MP3 player, or USB device, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. For an extra $1,900 you can add leather seats and a premium sound system. For the time being, the CODA sedan is only available in California.