Your post came at a time when I was thinking of writing a post regarding the value of the original 2014 Sparks without DCFC of which I own one.
Here’s my thoughts:
DON’T PASS UP WHAT MIGHT BE A GREAT, PERFECT DEAL FOR YOU!
Did I shout that loud enough?
You have to analyze your driving and car situation. As I said before, I have one of the original SparkEVs without DCFC. Here’s why my car works so well for me, and why I haven’t felt I’ve needed a fast charger.
1. There are no fast chargers in my area. If I had bought a car with one I’d never have been able to use it anyway.
2. So, say I had a fast charger and there were fast chargers in my range, and I decided to go south to LA to visit family and friends. Do I want to stop every 80 miles and wait 20 minutes for my car to charge (assuming I could find an open charger)? Nope! I’m not THAT dedicated. That would add a lot of time to a trip that’s already a 4 hour trek. Trips out of my Spark’s range, we take my husband’s ICE.
3. I have solar panels in my side yard and a level 2 charger in my garage. I plug in when I get home. I hardly ever plug in elsewhere.
4. My commute is short. I’m never even close to running out of charge on my day to day drive. If you have a long commute and have to charge before coming home, a Spark with a fast charger would be better. (I’d probably be thinking of a Volt if I had a longer drive. I wouldn’t want to be stuck waiting at a fast charger for 20 minutes each day, but that’s me.)
5. I’m one that buys a car and runs it until it doesn’t run anymore. The Spark’s 8 year/100,000 mile warranty covers what I will need. I thought that was a pretty good deal for a car that didn’t cost me much after rebates and tax credits.
6. Plus, since I run a car as long as I can, I’m not worrying about resale value. If we get another electric or electric-hybrid, it will be in addition to the SparkEV, not to replace it.
So think about what you need in a car. You’re the only one that understands your lifestyle.
These little cars without fast chargers are just as fast at accelerating, just as zippy, comfortable, roomy, and maintenance-free as those with DCFC. So if having a fast charger isn’t a big necessity in your life, don’t pass up a good deal on one of these originals.
Oh, that salesman saying the real range is 20 miles: he either hasn’t done his homework, has been grossly misinformed, is ignorant about EVs, is lying to try to get you to buy something else, or is an idiot. Don’t trust him! Two years in, and I haven’t had any degradation in range.