Coda Automotive announced today that it will introduce up to 100 all-electric Coda Sedans to car rental locations throughout 2011. This means that the Coda Sedan will be the first mainstream all-electric sedan from an all-electric car company. The car is powered by an innovative 33.8 kWh battery system with active thermal management, considered by the manufacturer the largest most advanced system in its class.
The car delivers a range of 90-120 miles per charge, and Coda says that the car can be recharged twice as fast as the standard charger used by competition, thanks to a 6.6 kW on-board charger. A full recharge of the car is made in just six hours, short recharge which will provide a range of 40 miles will take under two hours.
CODA Automotive and Enterprise Rent-A-Car have unveiled a program that entails the introduction of around 100 all-electric CODA Sedans to car rental locations throughout 2011.
The CODA Sedan -- the first mainstream all-electric sedan offering that will be sold in the next few months – features a 33.8 kWh battery system with active thermal management, allowing the spacious vehicle to travel between 90 miles to 120 miles of range on a single charge, no matter what the season is.
Not only that, the CODA Sedan could be fully charged – conveniently through a 6.6 kW on-board charger – in just around six hours. For those who can't wait that long and need to travel shorter than 40 miles, they could have their CODA Sedan recharged under two hours.
Thus, the CODA Sedan – with enough room for five people and a full-size trunk -- is made to fulfill the driving and riding needs of over 80 percent of consumers in the United States. According to Kevin Czinger, President and Chief Executive of CODA Automotive, the vehicle's dependable, all-season range is ideal for the driving conditions experienced at Enterprise's network of car rental locations.
He noted that Enterprise – with a strong commitment to sustainability -- is aligned with CODA's mission to accelerate the adoption of EVs. Lee Broughton, director of sustainability for Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, remarked that the CODA Sedan will meet the requirement of their customers while helping them 'lift the veil' on EVs, thereby making their customers better understand EV technology.
He noted that as part of Enterprise's long-term sustainability strategy, it is supporting alternative transportation options and is partnering with those involved in the electrification movement like CODA Automotive. Moreover, adding CODA Sedans to its fleet is a part of Enterprise's environmental sustainability platform, which also entails having a fuel-efficient fleet and investing in alternative fuels.
Enterprise also has an operational commitment to cut its energy use and energy cost by 20 percent over the next five years. Since the company has over 5,000 offices located just within 15 miles of 90 percent of the US population, each EV could be rented hundreds times a year.
This will allow Enterprise to provide customers an "extended" test drive of the EVs, thereby enabling them to experience EV technology where they live and work.
CODA and Enterprise earlier inked a deal to provide services for owners of CODA EVs. The deal entails provision of courtesy transportation vehicles to CODA owners during service and maintenance periods. CODA and Enterprise are also in talks over possible collaboration that would help accelerate the adoption of EVs.