This is an amazing offer. Some small strings attached - 1. Gotta live in Colorado, 2. Gotta buy a Roadster before the year is up. Still, getting a $109K+ top of the line electric car for less than $70K is a huge win. Hope anyone in Colorado who reads this and has the resources gets in on this.
CNET reports that Subaru is getting ready to sell its Stella mini electric car in the next month or so. A pretty lack luster offering and again, price is an issue - $49K before subsidies.
CNET News reports that Coda Automotive, a new electric auto company, is launching a "practical" sedan called The Coda. Though I applaud any alternative energy automobile, this one leaves me wanting more. First, its design is horrible. There are Hyundai's I would rather be seen in than this car. Second, it's not cheap. At $45K, it's more expensive than a BMW 3 Series and just $1K cheaper than a 5 Series! To be fair, The Coda can be up to $10K cheaper with federal and state tax credits/incentives.
Obviously, the "practical" reference in the title of the article suggests that it's making a jab at Tesla Motors. I'll give you that the $100K+ Roadster is a little bit eccentric for most people. However, the Model S is handily a much better car in all facets than The Coda. First off, it's only $5K more expensive. Second, it has room for 7 (5 adults + 2 kids) versus 5. Third, it has more range - 160 miles (expandable to 300!) versus 120 miles. Let's not forget that the Model S does 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds versus almost 11 seconds for The Coda. And lastly, it's just a much more elegantly designed car that compares with the design qualities of higher end car manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc.
Kudos to you Coda, for adding another choice to the electric car pantheon. I'm still holding out for a Model S.
Leaked photo of the new Tesla Sedan. Supposedly less than $60K after Federal electric vehicle rebate. Now if I can just get the HOA to put a power plug next to my parking spot...
UPDATE: Pricing has been released - $57,400 before $7,500 Federal tax credit so $49,900. Even more reason to buy one.