One of the biggest downfalls of electric vehicles is their cost relative to comparable internal combustion engine vehicles. Electric vehicles are quite a bit more expensive and with many still having limited range and long charge times, the cost can be hard for many consumers to justify.
You don’t have to be rich, or even middle class, to drive an electric vehicle, though. We were recently looking up used values of the Chevrolet Spark EV and were delighted (although perhaps not surprised) to see the aging electric hatchback is quite cheap to buy. It’s not just cheap for an EV, either – it’s a great deal period.
Take this silver 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV, for example. It has just 26,000 miles on the odometer is listed for just $7,987. This one is not an anomaly, either. There are many different Spark EVs for sale second-hand in the country right now (as per AutoTrader.com) most for less than $12,000 and with less than 30,000 miles on the odometer.
A Chevrolet Spark EV does have its downfalls, of course. When new, the EV was good for 82 miles of range on a full charge, making it good for short city commutes or a brief shopping trip, and that’s about it. Some city dwellers or those without a daily commute to work rarely travel further than this, though, so a used Spark EV may still be a good green car bargain for those folks.
We should also point out that the Chevrolet Spark EV is a total riot to drive thanks to its electric motor, which produces a frankly absurd 400 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than a Ferrari 458 Italia, as we pointed out in our first-drive review of this overpowered electric hatch, and enough to make it feel genuinely quick. The 0-60 mph time stands at around 7.6s, but as you probably know, electric motors don’t continue to pull as well once the car is at speed. It will top out at 90 mph, however, which is quite fast for a city car such as this.
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