New 2011 Coda electric sedan priced over $44k

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The 2011 Coda Sedan looks to break into the mainstream electric vehicle industry without the big brand help like its competitors, but it will hit the US market with a big price. The 2011 Coda all-electric car is being introduced to the American consumer with an MSRP of $44,900, over $12,000 more than the Nissan Leaf which Coda cites as its biggest competition.

The upside of the 2011 Coda sedan is that it offers a shorter charge time on a dedicated 220v charging system compared to the Nissan Leaf and the Coda will offer 20 more miles on a single charge; but is that worth an extra $12,000?

Coda expects to demand a premium for their advantages

The 2011 Coda electric sedan comes with a price tag of almost $50,000 even though the industry gasped when Chevrolet priced the far more versatile 2011 Chevy Volt at $41,000. However, in Coda’s marketing materials they choose to pick on Nissan’s Leaf rather than the more similarly priced Volt. Coda does point out that the government tax rebates can cut down the cost of the electric sedan (government rebates to vary from $0-$7,500) but those same rebates apply to the Nissan Leaf as well; deducting from the already low MSRP of just $32,750.

The clear advantage of the 2011 Coda electric sedan is that it offers a maximum range of 120 miles compared to the Leaf’s 100 mile and the battery can be fully charged in just 6 hours on a 220v charger compared to the 8 hours required by the Leaf. To help the 2011 Coda achieve these measures in all sorts of weather conditions, the Coda electric sedan features their own unique Thermal Management System that operates all of the time, including when the car is charging. This means that when you are ready to go somewhere, your 2011 Coda is also ready, even on the coldest winter days.

The drivetrain system of the 2011 Coda electric car delivers 134 horsepower and 22lb-ft of torque, sent to the wheels BorgWarner 31-03 eGearDrive single-speed transmission with a top speed of 80mph. One of my biggest beefs with the introduction of the electric-powered cars is the inability to offer inspired driving situations and with 134hp in a 3,682 pound sedan, the 2011 Coda electric sedan is a heavyweight with very little power. (Nissan has not officially stated the curb weight of the Leaf, but most sources expect it to be between 3,000 and 3,500lbs) However, the proof is in the numbers and if the Coda sedan can go 120 miles on a single charge, that makes the new model better than any other pure-electric model offered in the US market… but is that claim worth $44,900?

Click here for more information on the 2011 Coda electric sedan – due to hit US streets in December of this year.

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