This years LA Auto Show is unveiling a number of new all electric cars. One attracting quite a bit of attention is the New Chevy Spark-EV that went on sale last summer.
All electric cars are becoming more affordable, and more popular, in part due to a campaign to place 1 million electric vehicles on California roads in the next ten years. That is especially true here in California - which remains the king of hybrid & all electric cars.
I spent the day at the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Day last week in search of the greenest cars on the planet.
I selected four all-electric vehicles to blog about. Two new for 2014, the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. I also looked at two late-model 2013 all-electric cars, the Fiat 500e and the Chevy Spark-EV
For this Blog - we look at the new Chevy Spark-EV. Released earlier this year, this all-electric is fast becoming the EV hard to find.
The car is only available in California and Oregon, and it has only been on sale in those two states since June. But sales are exceeding expectations, Dale Sullivan, regional director of Chevrolet for General Motors Western Region told PluginCars.com. "It is way over our expectation," he said. "Keeping a good quantity in stock is the biggest problem we have."
The Spark EV, which is currently produced only in Korea, is the only pure electric vehicle General Motors offers. By comparison, the Chevy Volt range-extended electric vehicle sold 1,027 units in October alone in the 14-state Western Region, said Sullivan. More than half of those Volt sales were in California, he added. (Total U.S. sales of the Volt in October were 2,022 units.
The Spark EV has a base price of $26,685 MSRP before any tax credits. Buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as a $2,500 credit in California and $1,500 in Oregon. It is the cheapest of the four vehicles we have looked at.
I met up with a Chevy spokesperson for an interview last week at the LA Auto Show to talk about the companies entry in the all-electric car market.
This is the last of my EV Car blogs. I'll be blogging about which I liked best and what I might buy as I look to replace my Toyota Prius in the coming days. Will it be enough to get me to forget about another gas-powered vehicle?. We shall see.....