Coda Automotive embarks on its all-electric California roll out


Fans of electric vehicles will be happy to hear that another gasoline adverse car is about to hit the growing EV market. On Friday, California-based Coda Automotive began rolling out its all-electric four-door sedan.

The Los Angeles-based startup will initially only sell its five-passenger electric sedan in the state of California and taking cues from another moderately known California startup will sell the $35,200 EV in unique mall-based auto showrooms in addition to traditional locations.

Californian’s interested in purchasing a Coda can head over to the automakers official website and configure one of their own. In addition to 6 exterior colors: Cloud Nine White, Night Owl Black, Reflection Silver, Perfect Storm Dark Grey, Fathom Dark Blue, and Pulse Dark Red, customers can choose between two styles of aluminum wheels and two options of either leather or luxury eco-friendly seat fabric.

From a style perspective alone, the CODA doesn’t really offer much razzle or dazzle. According to CODA, the design team came up with a front-end that’s distinctive (not so much) without calling attention to itself (mission accomplished). The design cues utilized on the body of the vehicle are very ordinary — perhaps too much for some — and offer no real imagination. Sure, the CODA features standard LED tail lamps and as we mentioned some handsome looking 17-inch rims, but overall it looks decidedly vanilla.

Of course you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, right? And not everyone has taken to the current crop of hybrid and EV design choices employed by the likes of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan when it comes to their respective hybrids/EVs. So if you belong to the latter, then you might appreciate the CODA’s simple and straightforward look.


The interior however seems to be a different beast. Coda automotive has implemented practically everything you would expect a car of the 21st century to have. On the audio front, the CODA comes equipped with standard Alpine all-in-one-audio, video, and GPS navigation system displayed on a 7-inch touch-screen, which also includes iPhone, iPod, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

From the looks of it, Coda seems to be trying to strike a balance between tech and tradition while also trying to appeal to an audience that wants an electric experience without all the fancy features associated with most EVs. While many of the current EV and hybrid vehicles on the market feature push-to-start engines the CODA does not — opting for the old twist of the wrist to get it going.

Surprisingly, the CODA packs an electrical punch. Powering the electric sedan is a UQM PowerPhase electric motor, which produces 221 lbs-ft of low-end torque with an electronically limited speed limit of 85 mph. And although that is slightly less than the Nissan Leaf, which clocks in at around 93 mph, the CODA does beat its Japanese counterpart when it comes to horsepower with 134 hp to the Leaf’s 107.

When it comes to electric vehicles, apart from the price, most are mainly concerned with the two f’s: how far will it go, and how fast will it charge. According to Coda Automotive, the estimated range of the CODA is about 125 miles depending on driving conditions and charging habits. That number again bests the Lead, which can achieve an estimated 100 mile range. As for charge times, it appears the CODA’s performance is in the same realm as the Leaf, beating it by an hour under the same 220V charging conditions.

As we mentioned, Coda is limiting sales of the CODA electric sedan to California for now, but if you live outside of California, the company is taking reservations, but no official release date has been given. 


Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that’s coming to the U.S.

The Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that will be marketed in the United States by California-based Mullen Technologies. The carbon-fiber bodied, 402-horsepower K50 is expected to go on sale in 2020.

Electric car buying guide: What you need to know before you buy

EVs are better than they've ever been, but buying your first battery-powered car can be an intimidating experience. Digital Trends has compiled a comprehensive guide that walks you through the process of buying an EV.

From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models.

2020 Ford Escape gets sleeker styling, greener powertrains, more tech

The 2020 Ford Escape gets redesigned for the first time since the 2013 model year. Ford brought back the hybrid powertrain, and is adding a plug-in hybrid option for the first time.

Mercedes-Benz gives the tech-savvy 2020 CLA more power at New York Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation CLA during CES 2019, and it will expand the lineup when it unveils a midrange model named CLA 35 at the upcoming 2019 New York Auto Show.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.

More tech and more space make the Mercedes-Benz GLS the S-Class of the SUV world

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation GLS at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The company's biggest and most luxurious SUV gains more tech features in its quest to become the S-Class of the SUV world.

Would you buy the Tarok compact pickup truck? Volkswagen wants to know

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck concept will make its United States debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The truck first appeared at the 2018 Sao Paulo Auto Show, and VW wants to see what U.S. buyers think of it.

Sick of civilization? Volkswagen’s Atlas Basecamp concept lets you get away

Volkswagen revealed the Atlas Basecamp concept ahead of its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Built for overlanding, this family-hauler was upgraded jointly by Volkswagen and aftermarket manufacturers.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo sheds weight, uses racing tricks to stay sharp

The 2020 Nissan GT-R Nismo isn't dramatically different from the 2019 model, but Nissan made changes where it counts. The updated GT-R Nismo is lighter and offers better aerodynamic performance, according to Nissan.

Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower

Nikola Motor is taking reservations for the NZT, a high-performance, all-electric off-highway vehicle (OHV). The $80,000 NZT has 590 horsepower, 775 foot-pounds of torque, and reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds.

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.

21 charged in Chicago carsharing heist; 100+ cars stolen, many still missing

More than 100 Mercedes-Benz vehicles belonging to carsharing service Car2Go were stolen in Chicago. Police are still working to recover all of the cars, which are equipped with GPS, and 21 people have been charged.

The VR goggles you wear to shoot alien ships is helping Magna design car parts

Canadian automotive supplier Magna has started using virtual reality in its research and development department. The technology helps engineers get a better view of what they're working on, whether it's an interior part or a powertrain.