On a trip to the credit union this week, an ostentatious little car caught my eye.
I would call the color Godawful Green. To each their own.
But that wasn’t the only reason I stopped and stared for a bit.
This was my first encounter with the Chevy Spark.
The urban-ready little vehicle was not plugged in, but then again, I did not see an outlet available in this particular parking lot.
The owner of a Chevy Cruze, my heart raced just a little bit upon my service-call introduction to Chevy Volt. The guy taking my oil change information asked if I’d ever seen one up close, and opened the door to the cherry red model they were detailing for its introduction to the real world later that day.
Like a lot? Visions of gas stations passed danced in my head.
Then I had to ask, how much?
Twice the cost of my Cruze, plus some. Out of my league, even without figuring in the price tag of a really long extension cord that would allow me to reach the free outlet I spied a couple blocks over!
So, I wondered, gazing at this little car, is this at least the more affordable electric cousin. Spark is to Volt … I’m not in a position to buy, but it costs nothing to put something on your list of dreams.
And the answer is … sort of.
There is indeed an electric model of the Spark that debuted in 2013, explains chevrolet.com, and its base price is a little over $19,000, after a $7,500 federal rebate. That’s reasonable compared to big cousin Volt’s $26,685 after said credit. The catch, though, is in the fine print. “Available to customers in Oregon and California.” Oh, those green states out west, so far from Syracuse, N.Y. …
Around the snowbelt, we are offered the gas engine version of the Spark.
It starts at $12,170 before any add-ons. I had to check another site for estimated gas mileage. It’s listed at 31 city, 39 highway for the 2014 model, a slight change each way from the 32/38 from 2013.
I am not in the market.
By the way, wikipedia tells me that the Chevy Spark was first introduced in 1998, and indeed, its EV1 model was discontinued in 1999. I guess I was too busy driving my Ford Escort to notice.
Do you look at electric cars and wonder how it might affect your life? What is your dream car?