CODA Automotive To Launch All Electric Sedan – In Hawaii

CODA Automotive have announced that they will begin shipping their all-electric sedan in the 3rd quarter of 2011 to the US state of Hawaii. The horribly boring looking but innovative electric 4-door sedan will begin limited deliveries on the US mainland in the 4th quarter of 2010 making it, in their words “one of the first affordably priced, all-electric vehicles on the road in the U.S.”. The primary competition will be the Nissan Leaf although the fact that the Leaf has already sold out its first year of production may play into the hands of CODA, some people may not want to wait another 12 months.

The CODA Sedan will retail for a “mid to low” $30,000 USD price tag and will be applicable for a $7,500 federal tax credit, this should bring the actual price down to below just $30,000, which is in line with the cost of the Nissan Leaf and the upcoming Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

The sedan will be built in China although the parent company is based in the US, CODA have a partnership with leading Chinese battery manufacturer Lishen and are aiming for a 5 star crash rating, largely in the hopes of allaying fears about Chinese build quality. CODA has said that the car will have a 90-120 mile range and will take 5.5 hours to recharge from a standard 220v outlet, it’ll be interesting to see how it performs in the real world and how it matches up against the Leaf on range, handling, safety and performance.

If you’d like more info on the CODA Sedan head over here.

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