djkenny wrote:I have been bouncing between options.
I am down to Kia Soul for $13,290 in base form. Roomy, ultra safe, great for the kiddos. Great for a road trip. Great for camping. Plenty of features, nothing fancy. Okay MPGs, not fab, usually 35 mpg, I managed 38 mpg driving Chill on the freeway. 10 yr 100k warranty powertrain and 5 yr 60k mile Bumper to Bumper.
Mitsubishi Mirage SE for $11,300. Mid model with push button start, apple car play, back up camera, alloys, keyless entry. Exceptional Prius Like MPGS of 45+ mpg, I got it up past 51 mpg on the freeway. Easy to park, nice for our dense city.
The Spark EV. Both are LT1.
Which is the better option? One with 18k miles at a dealership that acquired it as a trade in (they really know nothing about it, are nto an EV dealer or sell Chevys). Car Fax says it was a Lease and got auctioned a couple times. The key looked a little rough, I guess people just have sharp stuff in their pockets. Couple scratches here and there inside. No rear shelf in the hatch (normal?) No cover over the bits for charging in the trunk. I am not sure if that is normal? Exterior looks Mint.
Bonus: It has the Quick Charge. A friend works at the dealer. I could get it for around $9800. It felt like it was veering to the side a little, like alignment was Off. Maybe I could have a Chevy Dealer look at it before buying?
The other has just over 500 miles at a Chevrolet Dealership that would be $10,800. No Quick Charge. It is essentially like new.
Save $1000 to get one with super low miles without any scratches inside and a no chewed up key? Or buy the pretty much nearly untouched one for a grand more with no QC?
This was mentioned above and is quite true - " Even with the DCFC option, I would say road trips that involve more than a single recharge are going to be challenging. This can be a good thing if the novelty of going electric and reducing emissions excite you. But from a pure functionality point of view, finding DCFC chargers along the way every 60-70 miles and planning diversions and working around occupied or possibly faulty chargers would suck compared to a gasoline powered car. I say this as someone who is excited by EVs and looks forward to their ubiquity but understanding that right now, they are not for everyone."
I have made a number of 300 mile round trips in my 2015 Spark EV using quick chargers and it does take a bit of planning - I use PlugShare - and you need a plan B and possibly a Plan C to ensure your Spark EV is not found dead on the road. I typically charge from 35% to 95% in about 15 minutes at EVgo DCFC locations so multiple stops is really not much of a problem. I like DCFC locations with multiple DCFCs to minimize running into a dead one.
I never intended to use my Spark EVs as a road cars. Instead, I use them locally to completely free myself from gasoline but I can venture out when I need to.
2014 Spark EV 2LT w/o QC
2015 Spark EV 2LT with QC
2016 Spark EV 2LT with QC