Chris101 wrote:Realizing this post is several months old now. I'm wondering if the OP ever bought a Spark EV
I have one in Chicago since the end of November 2017 and let me just say that those -11 degree days meant 56 mile range because no way I'm driving without the heater going when its that damn cold whereas I was able to get more than 100 miles on a charge without using any A/C or heat (just the radio) and lots of regen when the outside temp was in the 50s-70s.
I haven't yet, but I am keeping my eye on them. Right now, I'm not sure I can really cost justify the car, with the cheapest ones I'm seeing going for ~$8k before shipping. Here's how my math breaks down:
Chevy SS - 15,000 miles per year @ 20 mpg. Premium fuel is about $2.80/gal, for a cost of $2100 a year. I'm not willing to sell the SS (still want my fun RWD performance car), so the Spark EV is a 3rd car to take over M-F daily driver duties. Cost of the car, electricity, and the extra insurance has to come out to less than $2100/year.
If we assume that I keep the Spark for 5 years, that means it needs to make up 5 * $2100, or $10,500. The question becomes then, at what price is it worthwhile to me?
Insurance is about $80/mo for minimum coverage. 5 years of insurance is 60*$80 = $4800.
The Spark EV is rated at 28 Kwh/100 miles, for a total of 4200 Kwh used during a typical year for me. I can charge about half of that at work, and some of those miles are track/weekend driving miles - so lets cut that to slightly less than half, and call it 2000 Kwh / year. My local rates are $9.5c/Kwh (off peak) + $2 a month, for a total of $214/year. $214 * 5 years = $1070.
Putting that together, the car can cost a max of $4,630, which is tough to justify in the current climate. But that still leaves questions about how well it can cope with a 40 mile drive at highway speed at -10F temperatures. If I get to work late one day and the chargers are all taken, I'm not making it back home.
The astute reader will note that I should factor in resale value of the car in 5 years, but it's anybody's guess what that will be.