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2016 Chevy Spark for $7,950 or 2016 Nissan Leaf for $9,850

Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:56 pm

I am looking to purchase an EV. THese are the two finalists. The Spark has 30K on it, the Leaf 37K.

Both are in good shape but I am weighing the lower price of the Spark vs. the more space of the Leaf.

The Spark has a liquid-cooled battery and its range is 100mph.

The Leaf is about 85 MPH with its 24KW battery.

The only thing that worries me about the Spark is that it might be harder to support later on since it is no longer being produced while the Leaf is still going.

Let me know what you think!
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Re: 2016 Chevy Spark for $7,950 or 2016 Nissan Leaf for $9,850

Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:58 pm

A 2016 Spark EV may only have a battery capacity of ~15 kWh at 30k miles. My TorquePro battery capacity data for my 2016 Spark EV 2LT just dropped to 15.1 kWh at 26k miles and has been dropping at a rate of about 1 kWh every 10.5k miles. At my current rate of degradation, in about 3 years I may reach the mileage point at which I can get a warranty replacement. However, that may not be a new battery but will be one that has a capacity consistent with the mileage on my car at the time.

I have no idea how quickly the Leaf battery degrades but I believe you do have one option we Spark EV drivers do not. That option is you can buy a new replacement battery. Check with your local Nissan dealer and ask what it would cost to replace your HV battery with a new one once your current battery capacity gets too low to meet your driving needs.

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Re: 2016 Chevy Spark for $7,950 or 2016 Nissan Leaf for $9,850

Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:01 am

If you lived somewhere that didn't get too hot or cold and don't mind driving a slow and efficient car I would go for the Leaf and it has more space and the quality of the sound proofing and seating are probably better. If you live somewhere hot I wouldn't go for the Leaf for the lack of battery conditioning.

I considered one before purchasing our Spark EV but we live where it can get very hot.

If you want a quick car too the Spark EV is hard to beat at that price point. Hopefully you have a chance to test drive both and you will quickly feel the difference but that may not be what you are looking for as a deciding factor.
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