By David Herron ·
November 05, 2013

A "Worst Electric Car List" Reminds Us How Far We've Come

Jalopnik, the automotive blog, took aim at an easy target yesterday when it posted the “Ten Worst Electric Cars Ever Made.” The list was full of 1970s experiments, three-wheelers, low-speed neighborhood electric vehicles, and Chinese knock-offs—such as Coda Automotive's electric sedan, which hit Number 10 on the list. The goal was yucks: look at a bunch of stupid EVs. But after the LOLs get emailed and tweeted, a more important point emerges. The past era of substandard electric cars—and notions of EVs as glorified golf carts—is long over.

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By David Herron ·
May 10, 2013

Bankruptcy Hasn't Stopped A123 Systems, Or Other Green Car Companies

Bankruptcy isn't always the total destruction end-of-the-line that some make it out to be. Let's consider the resurrection of A123 Systems and other companies.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 01, 2013

Coda Files for Bankruptcy, Saving Only the Battery Technology

Coda is shutting down its auto operations after selling fewer than 100 cars. The sedan was doomed by a high price, bland styling and the absence of a marketing plan.

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The Coda sedan has a relatively big EV battery, so it can deliver 100 miles of range on a regular basis. But at the end of the day, the car’s lack of style, amenities and ride quality, call into question why a potential EV buyer would go with Coda rather than other more capable electric cars on sale.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 27, 2012

Coda EV Recall Hints at Big Sales Problem

A small recall should be relatively good news for any automaker. Sure, there’s a problem that needs to be fixed, but at least millions of dollars won’t be needed to rectify the problem on thousands of vehicles. That line of thinking doesn’t apply here, however, since Coda Automotive’s recall of 78 electric-powered sedans hints at a much bigger problem. The low recall figure suggests the California-based start-up has not yet sold 100 vehicles, after about five months on the market.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 02, 2011

Coda Web Video Celebrates 'End Dependence Day'

Just in time for Fourth of July weekend, Coda Automotive has released a web video encouraging Americans to celebrate “End Dependence Day.” The spot examines different perspectives on what it means to be free and what we are dependent on: namely oil.

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By Alysha Webb ·
July 01, 2011

Coda Found China Harder to Work With Than Anticipated but Confirms Q4 Launch Date

Issues with its Chinese partners have apparently been holding up the start of production of Coda Automotive’s pure electric sedans. I met with Sean Blankenship, Coda’s vice president of automotive marketing, a few days ago at Coda’s headquarters in Santa Monica, and asked whether Coda was confident it would meet its latest deadline—the fourth quarter of this year—after several missed launch dates.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 06, 2011

Coda Automotive Raises Additional $76 Million, Can Breathe a Bit Easier

Coda has raised $76 million in private investment from multiple sources including Harbinger Capital Partners and Riverstone Holdings, as well as more investment from Interim CEO Steven "Mac" Heller, AERIS Capital and Angeleno Group. The series D round of funding certainly lifts some pressure on the startup electric car company.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 23, 2010

Exclusive Video: CODA's New Interim CEO is Optimistic About the Company's Future

Start-up electric car company CODA has recently been having a bit of a rocky ride. Though the outside world has largely determined that the resignation of both their global sales chief and their CEO, as well as the postponement of consumer deliveries of their first vehicle until late 2011, are indicative of an implosion, the company put on a different face at the 2010 LA Auto Show. Steven "Mac" Heller, CODA's new interim CEO, and I had a chance on the sidelines of the show to catch up and talk about what he brings to the company, where the company is headed, and the status of loans and investment funding potentially in the pipeline.

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