Well this ought to help things a bit.

The Coda Sedan all-electric vehicle was put on Motor Trend's short list for its 2013 Car of the Year award, marking a much-needed victory for the fledgling Los Angeles-based automaker.

Motor Trend praised the sedan's "subtle but undeniable intelligence" and added that the car "overdelivered in performance." While the publication acknowledged the car's less-than-stunning styling, it reasoned that Coda's decision to put more resources into the battery technology was a good one.

Coda's been trying to spur sales in the US and last month said it'd give a $552 rebate, or about a year's worth of recharges, to new buyers. The company sold its first cars in March.

The Sedan receiving an 88-mile single-charge rating from the EPA, which is about 15 miles more than that of the Nissan Leaf. Coda has said it's looking to broaden its dealer network to about 30 outlets for 2013.

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