2016 Spark EV
May 12, 2016
Excellent car, really fun to drive, Great range for one of the many sub 100 mile electric cars.
Regen is amazing and much better than the Leaf... much closer to a Tesla.
Everything about the car is well thought out & very nicely executed.
The value is exceptional providing you lease then car to get all the incentives & discounts off the MSRP at time of purchase - which provides a great value. Then just buy out the lease if you prefer to purchase it over continuing the Lease. At the MSRP, this car will far short of what you would expect for a car at that MSRP. But even then its still a really fun car is you can afford it at MSRP.
It is a cheap car just as the gas Spark is a cheap car, but the electric drivetrain, instrumentation, re-tuned suspension and added creature comforts are superior to many other sub 100 miles EV’s that cost much more, and that makes the Spark the perfect candidate for what an affordable electric car SHOULD be. Electric cars don’t need to be six figure luxury vehicles.
The CCS fast Charger is an excellent option and a must have - recharging at 47kw is amazing & fast.
Only a couple issues/cons I can see.
The Spark is also much more efficient that our Leaf. We average around 5.5-6 miles per KW in the Spark, compared with 4.5 +/- in the Leaf - same driving on the same roads.
1) Chevy hobbled the Spark with a 3.3 kw onboard charger - any Battery electric car should have a minimum 6.6kw charger. Even with a 3.3 kw charger, it re-charges quickly and we get a solid 90-100 miles out of it - up to 120. 3.3kw charges are for plug in hybrids.
2) The heater is not a heat pump, rather, its an electric heater that uses more battery power than necessary. Not an issue for us in AZ as the heater is only used a hand full of days per year. The AC works great and is almost to cold at times.
3) Legroom - this is just my curse being 6’ 10’ tall - my knee hits the Knobs on the lower left console & is overall a bit tight.
Bottom line - Even though our Leaf is more comfortable for me, I prefer to drive the spark and really enjoy it more than the Leaf.