As part of recent EV Roadmap 4, hosted by Portland State University and Portland General Electric (PGE), the newest member of the EV passenger car family debuted- the Coda 4 Door Sedan. I was able to take it for a test drive at OMSI, although, because it was the prototype (aka very expensive), we were limited to driving it around the parking lot.
A big distinguishing feature is its 36 kWh battery, much bigger than the LEAF’s. It is rated at 120-150 miles. The performance is not quite up to the LEAF’s crispness in braking, accelerating and turning. It definitely has a 70’s Toyota Corolla Compact car feel to it- no frills, big trunk, large passenger compartment, no stunning electronic displays. This car says the word “fleet” to me. It is manufactured in China and assembled in Venetia, California. They plan on a West coast roll out and will display it in large malls (using some of that hitherto vacant storefront space). Don’t worry, the colors do not include bright yellow. The price point is in the high 30’s before tax credits.
The EV Roadmap series continues to be a stunning conference. It consistently addresses the most pertinent and vexing questions facing those of us pushing the evolution of the US’s transportation system. A separate blog entry will follow.