Looking to get in under $10K for a car for my college kid, who gets FREE charging at university (6 J connections under 2 garages, 2 on open lot). We live only 3 miles from Univ., so nights and weekend charging an option as well.
Test drove a Leaf (nice get up, soft suspension, roomy, well-equipped), but concerned about getting one with a good battery (even though live in KC, KS, so if local car, shouldn't be too bad compared to a southern car). Test drove an iMiEV and LOVED the sporty suspension and high visibility; concerns about crash testing, because if she were going to get hit, it would likely be in the city (not interstate) but some crazy speeder running a red light. The PRICE on the iMiEVs are very attractive, although as of this moment, cannot find one close enough to tow in one day that has the desire quick charging port.
I honestly do not know much about the Spark, except the kwh being slow like the iMiEV. I would want the CHAdEMO/quick as we have several in town, for a 'bad moment' in time, lol. Charging, for now, would be at Univ. for next 4 years, then likely at a home after that, although several employers have stations here, so who knows.
I want a safe cabin (crash test), reliable. She wants bluetooth, CD player (priorities, lol), and space for the guitar. City car only, she can borrow my AWD ICE for any road trips, as I'd gladly take her EV. (I love what I have driven so far, fun, responsive, no emission, and QUIET. Honestly, though the iMiEV was quieter. I have tinnitus and there was no mechanical vibration/body to road noise I pick up in ICE's and the Leaf in the iMiEV.)
Thanks for any thoughts, input, and/or ads for used. I can haul back on a trailer as long as this doesn't become a 3 day affair, prefer one long day to haul.