Talk about extending your range.

Coda Automotive, which sold its first battery-electric sedan in March, is looking to expand its U.S. dealership network to about 30 next year, Bloomberg News reports, citing an interview with Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh.

The Los Angeles-based company will add dealers in locales ranging from Oregon to Florida next year in a longer-term effort to capture as much as 15 percent of the non-luxury EV market in the U.S.

Coda has delivered about 100 cars since March, though says it has orders for about 1,000 more. The Coda Sedan has been rated by the EPA to have a single-charge range of 88 miles, or about 15 miles more than the Nissan Leaf. The Sedan is priced at $37,250 before the $7,500 federal tax credit many EV buyers in the U.S. can qualify for.

Coda, which opened its L.A. headquarters late last year, has raised $320 million in private funding and said in April that it was moving forward with its efforts to work with China-based Great Wall Motors to build what it says would be the world's least expensive mass-produced EV.


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      Peter
      • 2 Days Ago
      The front....
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Days Ago
      I gotta say i'm surprised they're still around. Given that this car is mostly Chinese, i bet there's a lot of profit margin in it though. Enough to not be running the company's operating budget to the bone. Maybe that's how this company has stayed afloat - low overhead on a mostly imported product. This operation might survive against the odds.... hmm.
      PR
      • 2 Days Ago
      What ever happened to the higher range model Coda was supposed to build? Something like a 34 or 36 kWh battery that was supposed to be EPA range rated at over 100 miles of range? They were supposed to sell for around $2500 more. It seems like they may have killed that version from the looks of their website.
        pete.angel
        • 2 Days Ago
        @PR
        A company tends to discontinue the model that can't make it through crash testing.
          PR
          • 2 Days Ago
          @pete.angel
          pete Are you saying this has happened with the Coda's slightly longer range battery car? Source?
        EZEE
        • 2 Days Ago
        @PR
        That gets a -2?
      imoore
      • 2 Days Ago
      Quality and reputation may still be questionable, but at least they are trying. That's more than what I can say for BYD.
      Spec
      • 2 Days Ago
      Well . . . it is selling better than the Ford Focus Electric. That price is just about the same as the Nissan Leaf and it comes with a larger battery providing greater range. Not a bad car if you want a reasonably priced electric Sedan.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Days Ago
      It's very rare for me to speak against an EV manufacturer, but this is a bad vehicle, from a bad manufacturer. The smallest investigation into Coda's connections and backers, reveals a history that no self-respecting consumer should want to having anything to do with supporting this enterprise.
      Ryan
      • 2 Days Ago
      They had a great display at the NAIAS last year. But this is a company that needs some marketing and a target audience. Who are they trying to sell these to? Their takeover of a gas station ad was great, but I think they need to find a big group of people who would be in the market for this type of car and go after them. There are plenty of Honda Accords and Toyota Corollas around here. Maybe they do, but because I'm not in the states they sell in, I don't see anything about it except for on this website.