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Old 03-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CODA Rolls Out First EVs

From Torque News comes this report of the first cars rolling out and Benica CA.

The CODA comes with a range of battery sizes available, but the initial offering is for a 31kwh battery pack. As compared to the 23kwh and 24kwh of the FFE and Leaf.

Apparently CODA has not been able to tweak the efficiency of its pack use because it came in with a substantially lower 73 MPGe as compared to 105 MPGe and 99 MPGe for the FFE and Leaf. However, the CODA does offer a larger 88 mile range versus 76 and 73 for the FFE and Leaf.

For those who need a little more range it may be a compelling offer, and frankly I wish CODA well, but I have serious reservations about plunking down my hard earned cash on any manufacturer without a proven track record in making cars.

Autos are very unforgiving. You can do 10,000 things right on a car, but one thing wrong and it can be fatal. The validation processes that the Fords and GMs of the world have worked out are proven for the most part. Just as importantly if they do make a mistake they have an entire portfolio of vehicles to support them while they correct the problem. It remains a very large question whether a smaller manufacturer whose very existence hinges on one vehicle could make it through any sort of serious flaw.

At this early juncture any issue with any EV is cast over the whole lot of EVs, fairly or not.

On the flip side CODA may have done their homework and have a very solid car on their hands. The question then becomes are the pedestrian looks and features of the CODA more than offset by its greater range?

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