This is… an unlikely vehicle to find on the virtual pages of Hooniverse.com. Still, we’re interested in everything with wheels, and we also love technology (much like our family members at Atomic Toasters). The CODA EV Sedan combines both of those worlds in a rather interesting way. This is a class-leading electric vehicle when it comes to range and it has all of its impressive torque output available right away. On the other hand, it features a wildly dated exterior shape and the interior is cramped both in the front and reat seats.
CODA says this car is aimed at those looking for an EV that focuses on performance, and this does just that. It delivers an actual driving range in the neighborhood of 125 miles, which blows away anything else on the market. The Nissan Leaf is around 75-80, and the Mitsubishi iMIEV will effortlessly zip you from your driveway to your mailbox. The CODA will get you to work, to dinner after work, and back to work again the next morning before you need to charge it in. There is no denying that the technology underneath this four-door skin is impressive. The problem is that people also shop with their eyes, not just with their brains.
Those looking for a range-topping EV driving experience should look to the CODA. It’s got the great low center of gravity like the rest of the battery-saddled machines out there, which means it handles surprisingly well. The battery technology is impressive, and the price based on driving range destroys the competition. Still, it’s not pretty and it’s cramped.
Check out our quick video on the CODA EV Sedan, which we shot in the famous LA River. (Yes, the lead image was chosen to help reader Scandinavian Flick produce a wonderful Photoshop.)