Coda’s official 88-mile range beats every other EV on the market, save the smaller and much pricier Tesla Roadster, which claims a range of 245 miles.
First, the good news: the Coda’s official 88-mile range beats every other EV on the market, save the smaller and much pricier Tesla Roadster, which claims a range of 245 miles.
The Coda’s fuel efficiency looks less exciting, at least at first glance. The EPA says the Coda EV uses 46 kWh of energy per 100 miles (combined) which translates into 73 MPGe. The most fuel-efficient car currently on the road is the Mitsubishi i, which has an efficiency rating of 30 kWh/100 miles, a combined 112 MPGe and a 62-mile range.
Of course, there’s no direct comparison between the tiny, stripped-down i and Coda’s four-door sedan. The only similarly-sized plug-ins are PHEVs: the Chevy Volt (94 MPGe) and the Toyota Prius Plug-In (95 MPGe). And there’s always a trade-off between efficiency and range (bigger batteries are heavier), so buyers looking for an all-electric sedan should find the Coda’s stats attractive enough.
Alas, such buyers will have to wait a little longer. The company missed its hoped-for February delivery date, and now says only that the new EV will be on the lots “soon.” The Coda Sedan is expected to be available at 40 dealerships across North America by the end of 2012, starting at $37,250.