100 all-electric Coda Sedans will be introduced to car rental locations

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 13, 2010

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.

Press Release

CODA Automotive & Enterprise Rent-A-Car Help Accelerate the Adoption of All-Electric Cars With 100% Electric CODA Sedans

CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, today announced a planned program to introduce up to 100 all-electric CODA Sedans™ to car rental locations throughout 2011.

"The CODA's dependable, all-season range are a perfect match for the driving conditions found throughout Enterprise's neighborhood network of car rental locations," said Kevin Czinger, President and CEO, CODA Automotive. "Enterprise has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and is aligned with our mission to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles."

The CODA Sedan™ will be the first mainstream all-electric sedan from an all-electric car company when it becomes available in the coming months. The car is designed to meet the day-to-day needs of more than 80% of Americans(i) with space for five passengers and a full-size trunk. CODA's innovative 33.8 kWh battery system with active thermal management will be the largest, most advanced system in its class, enabling a dependable, all- season 90 to 120 miles of range per charge.(ii) Fast and convenient charging will be achieved with help from a 6.6 kW on-board charger that is twice as fast as the standard charger used by our closest competition. A full charge requires about six hours to complete,(iii) and enough energy for a short, 40-mile commute will take under two hours.

"With the mystery surrounding electric vehicles, we think this vehicle will not only meet the needs of many of our customers, but will also help to 'lift the veil' on EVs for many of them and help them better understand the technology and why they might want to own one," said Lee Broughton, director of sustainability for Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, along with the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands. "Supporting alternative transportation options and partnering with companies at the forefront of the electrification movement like CODA Automotive is a key component of our long-term sustainability strategy."

Enterprise has more than 5,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. So with the potential to rent each electric vehicle hundreds of times a year, Enterprise will be able to give customers an opportunity for an "extended" test drive, allowing them to experience the energy-saving technology right where they live and work.

The addition of the CODA electric vehicle is just one facet of the Enterprise's industry-leading environmental sustainability platform, that includes investment in alternative fuels, a fuel-efficient fleet, and an operational commitment to reduce energy use and energy cost by 20 percent over the next five years.

In addition to the partnership announced today, the two companies previously reached an agreement to provide services for CODA electric vehicle owners. As part of that agreement, Enterprise will provide courtesy transportation vehicles to CODA customers during service and maintenance periods. In addition to providing courtesy transportation support, CODA and Enterprise are discussing other innovative partnership opportunities to help accelerate the adoption of all-electric cars.

Topics: electric car, sedan

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