Auto Rental News editor Chris Brown got a chance to ride in the CODA all-electric sedan at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica, Calif.
CODA Automotive, a California-based electric car and battery company, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, announced Monday a plan to introduce up to 100 all-electric CODA Sedans to car rental locations throughout 2011.
"The CODA's dependable, all-season range is 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 has space for five passengers and a full-size trunk. The CODA's 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. The vehicle has a 6.6 kW on-board charger and can be fully charged in about five to seven 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, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. "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."
In addition to the partnership announced Monday, 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.