Formed out of the partnership between Miles Automotive and Chinese automakers Hafei and Qingyuan Electric Vehicle Company, Coda specialized in the design and manufacture of electric cars and their batteries. Unlike other EV makers, the So Cal-based company focused its research and production around lithium-iron phosphate batteries, which are more powerful than their lithium-ion counterparts and last for nearly fifteen years. Coda launched is first production model, an eponymous midsize sedan with a range of 125 miles, in early 2012. After four years in business, the forward-thinking startup closed its doors for good in May 2013, citing slow sales.
This all-electric mid-size sedan offers spirited performance with 221 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 85 mph. Powered by a lithium-iron phosphate battery that provides a range of up to 125 miles, the fully-equipped, five-passenger Coda recharges in just six hours.