LOS ANGELES – More than 100 CODA Automotive all-electric sedans have so far been sold to both consumers and fleets, according to the automaker at a recent press event in Los Angeles.
The electric vehicle (EV) gets an EPA-rated 88 mile-range at 134 hp and 221 lb.-ft of torque, and uses a lithium-iron phosphate battery pack with a 6.6 kWh onboard charger that can charge the vehicle in six hours using a 220/240V (Level 2) charger. The vehicle reaches a top speed of 85 mph.
CODA is offering test drives of the vehicle, which can be done at one of its four partner dealerships in California or at its “CODA Experience Center” in Los Angeles. According to Bill Beasley, CODA VP of automotive sales, test drives for fleets are available and can range from a “ride around the block to a 30-day test drive for certain companies.”
Also available to fleets is a $500 incentive off the MSRP of $37,250. The vehicle is also eligible for a federal tax incentive of up to $7,500 and a California rebate of $2,500.
Aside from the sedan’s battery management system, the CODA’s lifecycle costs have been a main selling point to fleets, Beasley said. The overall reduction of moving parts, as well as the elimination of gas and oil expenses, he noted, makes the vehicle less expensive over a five-year ownership than traditional gasoline cars.
By Joanne Tucker