On paper, the CODA all electric sedan stacks up against the competition fairly well. It has 88 miles of EPA range for $37,250. On a dollar per electric mile basis, it is actually the best value out there.
CODA Sedan Interior
Then you see it.
The CODA is not visually appealing. Which is not surprising, considering it is based off a Mitsubishi Lancer chassis developed in the 90s.
Then you ride in it.
And as Insideline found out; not that great an experience. Low-tech interior, poor breaking, sluggish off the line, noisy interior (which is tricky to accomplish in an EV).
As for safety? We didn't even know it was still possible to get two stars from the NHSTA for frontal impact. Yet, they did that too.
All these factors translated to disasterous sales, and lead CODA to "right size" their company about 4 weeks ago by letting go some of their work force. Senior Vice-President of Government Relations & External Affairs, Forrest Beanum said at the time:
"CODA has released approximately 50 employees or 15% of our workforce across all functions to streamline our operations and right-size the Company. The Company is taking this action to better position our business going forward. We remain committed to the continued development and distribution of our products."
Unfortunately, it turns out that was only the right size for about a month, as CODA as put another chunk of its remaining 270-odd employees on furlough. A representative of the company said they expected the layoffs to last at least 3 months.
CODA's official statement on the recent layoffs:
"On Friday, January 4th CODA furloughed a number of employees as the Company takes necessary action to bolster its financing and better position the business going forward.
The Company has kept in place a sufficient number of staff to keep the Company operational and remains committed to the continued development and distribution of its products. During this period, CODA will continue to provide service to its dealers and customers.
While unfortunate, we are confident this temporary action will allow the Company to strategically direct resources towards critical operations and put the Company on a more sustainable path."
Comparing the statement this week, and the one from last month, it is seems fairly obvious that CODA has moved away from the pretense of being a viable entity with a strong future, and is now simply attempting to keep its doors open as long as it can.
Just as a refresher on the CODA sedan, here is a video review of the car by Autoguide that we find to be well-balanced :