WyrTwister wrote:Problem is , I live about 1100 mikes from L A
I'm assuming you live in areas without much DCFC. If so, SparkEV isn't all that great. It's got terrific acceleration for the money, but the range of 80 miles (or about 35 miles from home) will be severely limiting, especially if you live in areas without much traffic.
Traffic slowdowns make SparkEV whole lot better. That's why I get 5.2 mi/kWh battery to wheels on average after 10,000 miles of driving. That's about 150 MPGe just going by energy efficiency, not going by money out of pocket. If I'm stuck in LA traffic, that gets whole lot better, sometimes approaching 200 MPGe. (LA traffic SUCKS!)
If you need something now, the new Chevy Volt will be your best bet. 2017 Volt is even quicker than SparkEV, though lot more expensive. But for me, no more hybrids (aka, something with gas engine + electric)! Prius really burned me.
There are zero DCFC stations in 35 - 45 miles . Two public charge stations inside 10 miles . And two between the 10 mile and 35 - 45 mile distance . In different directions . I am guessing that all the public charging stations are Level 2 if they are not designated as DCFC ( on plugshare.com ) ?
So , yes , not the best location for a 80 mile EV . Would strictly be an in town car . The upcoming Bolt is suppose to do 200 miles . That would be a mostly an in town car , for us . Most of the out of town destinations , for us , are a minimum of 2 - 2-1/2 hours away and no DCFC when you get there .
We have family about 6 - 7 hours away and only one DCFC when you get there . 9 - 10 hours away and the first DCFC's 6 hours away then some DCFC stations when you get there . And a few more in between , if you go out of the way .
To my knowledge , Chevy dealers in my state can not get Spark EV's & Volts , new . And , really , for good reason , unless you lived in the major metropolitan areas . Very little infrastructure to support them .
Traffic gets worse every year , but nothing like you have . If it was , I would seriously consider moving .
I do not NEED a second vehicle , our red Sonic is OK & hope to get 6 - 8 years out of it . So , I certainly do not NEED an EV . Just curious and to be honest , might consider buying one , if situations were different .
When I need a car , again , I would not have a big problem with a Prius , for the right price . Or a plug in Hybrid . Or something like a Volt with a ICE range extender . But all , for the right price .
Another issue I have not addressed , I am not sure if my Wifey would be OK with plugging & un-plugging a car , before and after every trip ? As it is , we ( mostly me ) usually fill the Sonic up every week for less than $ 20 . The rest of the time , she just gets in and goes , with a occasional glance at the gas gauge .
What kind of problem did you have with a Prius ? I have in town cousins that have had one for several years ( since the cash for cars ) and they seem happy with it ?