“The Chevrolet Spark disproves the notion that cheap transportation must be soulless. Instead, the pint-sized hatchback provides a cheerful cabin environment and unfettered driving engagement. Chevy’s excellent infotainment system brings standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The Spark’s raised seating height and tough-looking Activ model emulate popular crossover traits. Although a small back seat and limited driver assists diminish its mass appeal, the Spark breaks the mold used by rival small cars. We think it’s one of the best small smart cars you can buy, which is why we awarded it a spot on our Editors’ Choice list.” – Car and Driver Magazine
EVs DON’T HAVE ENOUGH RANGE.
Americans drive an average of 40 miles a day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Even the shortest-range electric smart cars can travel more than twice that distance before needing to be tethered to the power grid.
EVs ARE TOO EXPENSIVE.
Pre-owned EVs are cheap these days, thanks to a combination of factors, including limited demand and federal tax credits, which effectively and immediately slashes an EV’s resale value by $7,500. Also, pre-owned electric smart cars tend to be driven fewer miles than the norm, given their inherently limited ranges, which means they’ve typically endured less wear and tear.
EVs AREN’T “GREENER” THAN GAS-POWERED AUTOS.
Electric motors convert 75 percent of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels. By comparison, internal combustion engines only convert 20 percent of the energy stored in gasoline. What’s more, EVs emit no direct tailpipe pollutants.
EVs ARE UNSAFE.
Since they’re generally low-volume vehicles, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests all EVs for their crashworthiness. However, where they are tested they generally get good marks.
Most concerns over EV batteries catching fire in a collision appear to be somewhat exaggerated. A recent in-depth investigation on the subject conducted by NHTSA concluded that the frequency and severity of fires and explosions from lithium ion battery systems are comparable to or perhaps slightly less than those for gasoline or diesel-powered models.
EVs ARE AS SLOW AS GOLF CARTS.
Electric smart cars are, in fact, generally quicker than their gasoline-powered counterparts. That’s because an electric motor generates 100% of its available torque instantly. When the driver of an EV pushes down on the accelerator pedal, the transition from stationary to speed is almost instantaneous. In fact, the top version of the Tesla Model S, when engaged in its so-called “ludicrous” mode, is one of the quickest production cars in the world at any price, with a 0-60 mph time clocked at a sudden 2.5 seconds.
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