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Monday March 26, 2012 12:45 pm

Coda EV heading into production this week


The biggest turn off in buying an electric vehicle for most is the sticker price. Some, like the Fisker Karma, hover at six figures, and other like the Tesla cars range from $50,000 onward to $100,000, which is priced well above most pocketbooks. That leaves room for only a few EVs to choose from in the $30,000 neighborhood, primarily the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi I. If these two don’t float your boat, there is a new contender entering the market outta California.

The company is called Coda Automotive, and it's set to roll out a new 5-passenger EV. The company is based out of Los Angeles, California, and its EV plant is in Benicia. The car is priced reasonably at $35,200.

Buyers will have the option of choosing five exterior colors, two wheel designs, and those lucky enough to be within the first 500 customers will get cars that feature limited-edition accents, signifying they’re on of the first Coda vehicles to hit the road.

Like Apple, Coda aims to provide a unique customer experience when buying the vehicle. They have your traditional dealerships, as well as specialized mall-based stores, offering an Apple-like atmosphere when purchasing the car.

To test drive the Coda you need to be in California and in select locations. If you’re wanting to road trip it down to California to test drive the Coda you can hit up these locations; Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and at the Coda Experience Center at the Century City Westfield Mall, Fladeboe Coda at Irvine Auto Center, and Marvin K. Brown Coda in San Diego.

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