The Truth About Cars » Coda http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 17:30:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Reuters Explains Why The Miles Bankruptcy Is Relevant To Other EV Bankruptcies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/reuters-explains-why-the-miles-bankruptcy-is-relevant-to-other-ev-bankruptcies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/reuters-explains-why-the-miles-bankruptcy-is-relevant-to-other-ev-bankruptcies/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:26:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491760 Yesterday, battery acolytes who hate to see stories of EV makers going bankrupt complained about a TTAC story of another EV maker going bankrupt.  They said the story was unfair, because Miles Electric made electric essential services vehicles, used for parking enforcement and the like, whereas bankrupt EV makers such as Coda tried to sell real cars,so […]

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Yesterday, battery acolytes who hate to see stories of EV makers going bankrupt complained about a TTAC story of another EV maker going bankrupt.  They said the story was unfair, because Miles Electric made electric essential services vehicles, used for parking enforcement and the like, whereas bankrupt EV makers such as Coda tried to sell real cars,so […]

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Electric Car Maker Coda Goes Bankrupt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/electric-car-maker-coda-goes-bankrupt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/electric-car-maker-coda-goes-bankrupt/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 11:56:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486918 Electric car startup Coda is the latest in a series of greenm dreams to go down the drain – and it won’t be the last. Coda filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, writes Reuters,  “after selling just 100 of its all-electric sedans, another example of battery-powered vehicles’ failure to break into the mass market.” […]

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Electric car startup Coda is the latest in a series of greenm dreams to go down the drain – and it won’t be the last. Coda filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, writes Reuters,  “after selling just 100 of its all-electric sedans, another example of battery-powered vehicles’ failure to break into the mass market.” […]

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Dead LEAFs and GE Chargers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dead-leafs-and-ge-chargers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dead-leafs-and-ge-chargers/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452941 The GE Wattstation killed my Leaf! That’s the story being reported by the New York Times as well as PlugInCars.com. As the tale goes, 11 Leaf owners have had their chargers “damaged” while charging with GE’s Wattstation home charging station. The relative significance of only 11 failures aside, the Nissan Dealer in San Pablo, CA […]

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The GE Wattstation killed my Leaf! That’s the story being reported by the New York Times as well as PlugInCars.com. As the tale goes, 11 Leaf owners have had their chargers “damaged” while charging with GE’s Wattstation home charging station. The relative significance of only 11 failures aside, the Nissan Dealer in San Pablo, CA […]

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Coda Withdraws DOE Loan Request Worth $334 Million http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/coda-withdraws-doe-loan-request-worth-334-million/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/coda-withdraws-doe-loan-request-worth-334-million/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:57:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441765 Coda Automotive withdrew a Department of Energy loan application after two years of waiting. The $334 million loan was supposed to have gone towards establishing an assembly plant in Columbus, Ohio, but for now, production will continue in China. The plant would have created as many as 2,000 jobs, but the DOE’s stalling means that […]

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Coda Automotive withdrew a Department of Energy loan application after two years of waiting. The $334 million loan was supposed to have gone towards establishing an assembly plant in Columbus, Ohio, but for now, production will continue in China. The plant would have created as many as 2,000 jobs, but the DOE’s stalling means that […]

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Coda Teams Up With Great Wall To Build “Affordable” EVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/coda-teams-up-with-great-wall-to-build-affordable-evs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/coda-teams-up-with-great-wall-to-build-affordable-evs/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:20:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441495 Coda Automotive, a Southern California start-up that assembles EVs with Chinese components, announced at today’s Beijing Auto Show that it would partner with the Chinese OEM Great Wall to develop a new, lower-cost EV. Says Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh (who you might remember as a key character in American Wheels, Chinese Roads) explains in a […]

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Coda Automotive, a Southern California start-up that assembles EVs with Chinese components, announced at today’s Beijing Auto Show that it would partner with the Chinese OEM Great Wall to develop a new, lower-cost EV. Says Coda CEO Phil Murtaugh (who you might remember as a key character in American Wheels, Chinese Roads) explains in a […]

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First Coda Electric Sedan Ready to Ship http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/first-coda-electric-sedan-ready-to-ship/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/first-coda-electric-sedan-ready-to-ship/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 21:34:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434868    Lost in all the bad news from Fisker this week was the announcement that on Monday morning, the first electric sedan from CODA was driven off the company’s assembly line in Benicia, California and that the CODA car is now for sale, after considerable delay. CODA, which electrifies “gliders” (essentially rolling chassis without drivetrains) made in […]

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   Lost in all the bad news from Fisker this week was the announcement that on Monday morning, the first electric sedan from CODA was driven off the company’s assembly line in Benicia, California and that the CODA car is now for sale, after considerable delay. CODA, which electrifies “gliders” (essentially rolling chassis without drivetrains) made in […]

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LA Auto Show: Coda Electric Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-coda-electric-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-coda-electric-sedan/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:07:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419007 So you want to go green. The problem is a Prius isn’t green enough for you, what’s a green shopper to do? Go all in with all-electric. So far we have the Leaf and the newly announced Focus Electric both with ranges under 100 miles and charge times that can get a little long even […]

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So you want to go green. The problem is a Prius isn’t green enough for you, what’s a green shopper to do? Go all in with all-electric. So far we have the Leaf and the newly announced Focus Electric both with ranges under 100 miles and charge times that can get a little long even […]

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Chinese Cars? CODA Wants To Be First http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/chinese-cars-coda-wants-to-be-first/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/chinese-cars-coda-wants-to-be-first/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:26:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385771 For years. American and Chinese companies have talked about bringing Chinese cars to America. So far, a lot of talk, little action. Even perennial announcer BYD has not progressed beyond the test phase. Santa Monica’s CODA wants to be the first one. Honestly now. According to NPR, CODA plans to sell a Made in China […]

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For years. American and Chinese companies have talked about bringing Chinese cars to America. So far, a lot of talk, little action. Even perennial announcer BYD has not progressed beyond the test phase. Santa Monica’s CODA wants to be the first one. Honestly now. According to NPR, CODA plans to sell a Made in China […]

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Coda EV Launch Delayed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/coda-ev-launch-delayed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/coda-ev-launch-delayed/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:05:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373369 EV startup skeptics that we are, we’ve been keeping a jaundiced eye on Coda ever since we realized the $45k Chinese EV “makes the Volt look good.” Along the way, the news has mostly been of the “lightly dusted with pathos” variety… right up until the firm lost its CEO just months before launching its […]

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EV startup skeptics that we are, we’ve been keeping a jaundiced eye on Coda ever since we realized the $45k Chinese EV “makes the Volt look good.” Along the way, the news has mostly been of the “lightly dusted with pathos” variety… right up until the firm lost its CEO just months before launching its […]

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EV Startup CODA Loses CEO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/ev-startup-coda-loses-ceo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/ev-startup-coda-loses-ceo/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 19:06:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371826 When is it a good time for a CEO to step down from an automotive company? This year we’ve already learned that ditching mere months before a major IPO was not a great move for GM CEO Ed Whitacre. But that surprise drop-out may just have been topped by CODA Automotive’s Kevin Czinger, who just […]

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When is it a good time for a CEO to step down from an automotive company? This year we’ve already learned that ditching mere months before a major IPO was not a great move for GM CEO Ed Whitacre. But that surprise drop-out may just have been topped by CODA Automotive’s Kevin Czinger, who just […]

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CODA EV: $44,900 For An Electrified Hafei Saibao http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/coda-ev-44900-for-an-electrified-hafei-saibao/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/coda-ev-44900-for-an-electrified-hafei-saibao/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 19:05:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366364 As with most EVs, we knew about the CODA EV for a long time before a price was ever trotted out (the car was first mooted as the Miles XS500, and was scheduled for a 2009 launch before reality struck). And even before we knew the price, we reckoned that a Chinese-built sedan with Chinese […]

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As with most EVs, we knew about the CODA EV for a long time before a price was ever trotted out (the car was first mooted as the Miles XS500, and was scheduled for a 2009 launch before reality struck). And even before we knew the price, we reckoned that a Chinese-built sedan with Chinese […]

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Quote Of The Day: Defining Your Market Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/quote-of-the-day-defining-your-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/quote-of-the-day-defining-your-market/#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 21:05:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363334 The core consumers would be interested in technology and kind of early adopters Coda Automotive senior VP for sales and distribution Mike Jackson (yes, the former GM marketing whiz) describes the market for his firm’s forthcoming electric car. So what is Jackson’s “kind-of-early-adopter” Californian consumer looking to get out of the Coda? A redesigned Mitsubishi […]

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The core consumers would be interested in technology and kind of early adopters Coda Automotive senior VP for sales and distribution Mike Jackson (yes, the former GM marketing whiz) describes the market for his firm’s forthcoming electric car. So what is Jackson’s “kind-of-early-adopter” Californian consumer looking to get out of the Coda? A redesigned Mitsubishi […]

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Coda Automotive: The Epitome Of All-American Innovation (Made In China) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/coda-automotive-the-epitome-of-all-american-innovation-made-in-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/coda-automotive-the-epitome-of-all-american-innovation-made-in-china/#comments Tue, 01 Jun 2010 19:40:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357783 Coda Automotive may not be claiming to have paid back the US government, but this video [via greencarreports] sure is one of the more misleading spots we’ve seen in a while. The term “all-American innovation” probably does great with focus groups, but it’s hardly an accurate description for a rolling-chassis Chinese sedan with some Chinese-made […]

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Coda Automotive may not be claiming to have paid back the US government, but this video [via greencarreports] sure is one of the more misleading spots we’ve seen in a while. The term “all-American innovation” probably does great with focus groups, but it’s hardly an accurate description for a rolling-chassis Chinese sedan with some Chinese-made […]

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EV Startup Coda Snags $58m Investment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/ev-startup-coda-snags-58m-investment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/ev-startup-coda-snags-58m-investment/#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 23:50:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356957 On the strength of Coda Automotive’s plan to launch a $45,000 EV conversion of a Chinese Hafei sedan, our coverage of the EV startup (formed from the ashes of Miles Electric Vehicles) has pretty much been limited to the conclusion that it “make the Volt look good.” And as the competition has moved forward, the […]

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On the strength of Coda Automotive’s plan to launch a $45,000 EV conversion of a Chinese Hafei sedan, our coverage of the EV startup (formed from the ashes of Miles Electric Vehicles) has pretty much been limited to the conclusion that it “make the Volt look good.” And as the competition has moved forward, the […]

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Siry: Nissan Leaf Has No Active Thermal Management, “Overpromises” Range Numbers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/nissan-leaf-has-no-active-thermal-management/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/nissan-leaf-has-no-active-thermal-management/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2010 23:04:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342991 Former Tesla PR man Daryl Siry’s Wired.com Autopia columns are always good for some interesting insights on the EV world… as long as you take them with the grain of salt that Siry’s status as “advisor” to EV startup Coda Automotive demands. This week Siry has it in for the mass-market EV frontrunner, the Nissan […]

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Former Tesla PR man Daryl Siry’s Wired.com Autopia columns are always good for some interesting insights on the EV world… as long as you take them with the grain of salt that Siry’s status as “advisor” to EV startup Coda Automotive demands. This week Siry has it in for the mass-market EV frontrunner, the Nissan […]

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EV Startup Scores $25m, Ford Still Banking With Uncle Sam http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/ev-startup-scores-25m-ford-still-banking-with-uncle-sam/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/ev-startup-scores-25m-ford-still-banking-with-uncle-sam/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2010 21:21:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=341081 According to Detroit lore, Henry Kaiser once loudly threatened to throw one hundred million dollars in 1940s money towards the greater glory of Kaiser Motors, drawing a bemused chuckle from GM Chairman Alfred Sloan who quipped “give the man one chip.” Fast forward to 2009, and Coda Automotive, a firm hoping to sell Californians a […]

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According to Detroit lore, Henry Kaiser once loudly threatened to throw one hundred million dollars in 1940s money towards the greater glory of Kaiser Motors, drawing a bemused chuckle from GM Chairman Alfred Sloan who quipped “give the man one chip.” Fast forward to 2009, and Coda Automotive, a firm hoping to sell Californians a […]

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Siry Slams DOE Loan Program For “Stifling Innovation” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/siry-slams-doe-loan-program-for-stifling-innovation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/siry-slams-doe-loan-program-for-stifling-innovation/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2009 18:20:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=337517 Former Tesla PR honcho Daryl Siry lays into the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan program (ATVML) at Wired’s Autopia blog, taking the $25b program to task for “stifling innovation.” At its core, his argument is a simple one: Startup companies that enjoy DOE support, most notably Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive, have […]

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Former Tesla PR honcho Daryl Siry lays into the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan program (ATVML) at Wired’s Autopia blog, taking the $25b program to task for “stifling innovation.” At its core, his argument is a simple one: Startup companies that enjoy DOE support, most notably Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive, have […]

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