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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:59 am 
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1st2know wrote:
Hello,
I'm from the Seattle area, and I just recently purchased a white 2016 LT ..
The day after Christmas I self-gifted myself this little coal powered clown-car... I'm loving it so far.
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Now that I've gotten the hang of it, I can keep it above 4.5 miles/KWh.
I only have the 120v EVSE cord, .... but I wish it had a sunroof and a tray style bike rack.

Welcome to the future!
You're little clown-car is actually 39.7% Hydro and 36.2% coal ! So get it straight for the Fun little S-Box !! :lol:
If you look here: https://oaspub.epa.gov/powpro/ept_pack.charts, you'll see your exact Electric Recipe. But this shows a lot of the NW as one grid, I suspect your area is even cleaner!!!

Don't be chasing that mi/kWh number. Pretty soon you'll have Penny-Pinching-Prius owners passing you, giving you the finger. Some of those guys drive by that big display and make a bad name for their car.
I love smoking almost anything that is next to me at stop lights! Silently, like it's no big deal... 8-)

I too almost always have the back seats down. I have a large cut piece of carpet covering that whole area. It's my 2 seat hatchback with a large cargo area!
In fact I'm considering having a clear plastic 'bulkhead' behind the front seats so I only have to heat that space during these -° F days,,, but nobody wants to think about that,, spring is coming, spring is coming.
For long airport runs with friends or family, it's easy to bring one or both seats back up!

If you currently get by on 8A, awesome. But as you use it more you may want to have big mile weekends and an L2 can be had really cheap these days. Preheating on L2 does not dip into the SOC as much, if at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:20 pm 
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NORTON wrote:
1st2know wrote:
Hello,
I'm from the Seattle area, and I just recently purchased a white 2016 LT ..
The day after Christmas I self-gifted myself this little coal powered clown-car... I'm loving it so far.
....
Now that I've gotten the hang of it, I can keep it above 4.5 miles/KWh.
I only have the 120v EVSE cord, .... but I wish it had a sunroof and a tray style bike rack.

Welcome to the future!
You're little clown-car is actually 39.7% Hydro and 36.2% coal ! So get it straight for the Fun little S-Box !! :lol:
If you look here: https://oaspub.epa.gov/powpro/ept_pack.charts, you'll see your exact Electric Recipe. But this shows a lot of the NW as one grid, I suspect your area is even cleaner!!!

Don't be chasing that mi/kWh number. Pretty soon you'll have Penny-Pinching-Prius owners passing you, giving you the finger. Some of those guys drive by that big display and make a bad name for their car.
I love smoking almost anything that is next to me at stop lights! Silently, like it's no big deal... 8-)

I too almost always have the back seats down. I have a large cut piece of carpet covering that whole area. It's my 2 seat hatchback with a large cargo area!
In fact I'm considering having a clear plastic 'bulkhead' behind the front seats so I only have to heat that space during these -° F days,,, but nobody wants to think about that,, spring is coming, spring is coming.
For long airport runs with friends or family, it's easy to bring one or both seats back up!

If you currently get by on 8A, awesome. But as you use it more you may want to have big mile weekends and an L2 can be had really cheap these days. Preheating on L2 does not dip into the SOC as much, if at all.

I have been turning the car on in my garage and letting the cabin completely heat while I get ready for work. With the L2 still plugged in. The green light will come on for a while but once the cabin is warm it starts flashing again. I leave for work with the battery topped, cabin thoroughly warm and driver smiling.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:55 pm 
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My 2015 Sparky now lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but originates from California. It was a lease, then sold to a dealership in Seattle. I really wanted a 2014 or newer model with fast charge, and I could not for the life of me find one anywhere close to Vancouver. The drive home from Seattle was nerve-wracking and took 9 hours total - not fun!

I haven't seen any others in the city, though I know they're somewhere out there...


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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:24 am 
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TheLondonBroiler wrote:

I'm a "wanna be" owner in the Carolinas. Test drove one in Morganton...


Sorry for my very late reply, I've forgotten to check here!

You should definitely pick this car up as soon as you find one you like. With our cheap power in NC, I pay less for the loan + electricity per month than I did in gas with my previous car (even at 30 mpg.) Once my work gets chargers installed, even better!

It's a shame you had a bad experience with Carvana. It was legitimately the easiest car buying experience I've ever had. No smarmy sales people, just a very fast and no hassle time for me. Maybe check out Carmax instead? (These national dealers can ship across country easily.) Or you can have the car shipped here yourself for probably around $1,000.

Keep us up to date when you finally get one!


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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:31 am 
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two20142lts wrote:
I'm willing to bet there pretty scarce in the Carolinas.


There are 11 registered in North Carolina. I can't speak for SC, though. There are 2 Spark EVs registered in Charlotte (mine is one of them.)

I have also seen another Spark EV here in Charlotte, but I don't believe it was the only other one registered in this city, so I don't know where that one came from. It was a white one that had a Maryland plate on the front and I think a North Carolina plate on the rear (is this any of you here on the forum? :D) They turned the other way, so I didn't get a good look, and they didn't seem to notice I was in an identical car to them, haha.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:35 am 
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I purchased mine through Carmax and had it shipped out here to Sparks/Reno NV. Since then I've moved to Fernley. Lil' Blue is my primary transport to and from work at Gigafactory.
I've seen a white one owned by an elderly lady I spoke with at Smiths in Sparks, she said she loved it. Also saw a black one up at Giga once. The local GMC/Chevrolet dealer said they would handle all my servicing needs, so I'm pretty happy.

Alex
"Lil' Blue" 2015/Currently stock/Daily driven


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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:20 am 
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lilbluespark wrote:
... Lil' Blue is my primary transport to and from work at Gigafactory....
Alex
"Lil' Blue" 2015/Currently stock/Daily driven

Awesome !! An insider!

Do you get props for driving EV?? Do you have to walk through "The Bottle Neck" everyday? That's where it's at, they say... :lol:

Just kidding, buddy, would love to hear your tales !

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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:44 am 
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Hi everyone.. I'm new here.

Bought my Spark EV on November 20th 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona and had it shipped back home to me in Chicago, IL

Right now I feel like I'm the only one in the area with a Spark EV


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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:24 pm 
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I 'm doing my bit to help disperse them since I and my wife have now introduced two Spark EVs to CT. Bought the second one (a new Salsa Red 2016 LT2 with DCFC with only 55 miles on it) at the very end of 2017.

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 Post subject: Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.
PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:52 pm 
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PhilPen wrote:
I 'm doing my bit to help disperse them since I and my wife have now introduced two Spark EVs to CT. Bought the second one (a new Salsa Red 2016 LT2 with DCFC with only 55 miles on it) at the very end of 2017.


I really enjoy reading about what people will do to get their hands on a Spark EV.

I started following the Spark EV in 2013 and leased my first Spark EV, a 2015 2LT, in May of 2016. 3 months later I purchased a used 2014 2LT with only 1500 miles on the ODO. Then, in October of 2017, I purchased a used 2016 2LT with only 5700 miles on the ODO. The leased 2015 will be returned to the dealer in May of this year and someone is going to get a very nice, well taken care of, used car. I have no need for a Bolt because over the last almost 3 years I found the Spark EVs met all of my driving needs. The 2015 and 2016 both have DCFC and there are sufficient EVgo DCFC locations to allow me to get to all of my regular destinations without any problems.

This really is one exceptionally fine little car! Too bad GM discontinued it.


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