If you are considering buying an electric vehicle, InsideEVs.com’s most recent newsletter has lots of great information. In their article, “Plugin Subcompact Comparison: Chevy Spark EV vs Fiat 500E,” the Fiat wins by a nose. Geared towards younger EV drivers, the 500e’s sporty look seduced the writer . While it also costs $5,000 dollars more than Chevy spark EV ‘s sticker price of $27,500, the 500e comes with a sunroof, a feature the Chevy designers sidestepped but the writer loved.
On top of the affordable $999 down and $199 per month lease rate, Fiat is also offering an interesting promotion: free car rentals. Under the Fiat 500e-pass program, all new car leases come with up to 12 days of free car rentals each year for the first 3 years.
Car rental companies working with Fiat are Alamo Enterprise and National Car Rentals. Chevy does not offer this. Considering that a larger sedan or even a truck would come in handy a few days of the year, Fiat’s free car rental promotion is brilliant.
The 500e takes less than 4 hours for a full charge with a level 2 charging station. Charging for the EV spark level 2 does not yet exist. Wow! The 500e gets 87 miles of range from a 24kwh lithium pack. EV spark gets 82 miles of range from a 21kwh battery. The interior of the 500e is more comfortable than the EV spark too.
If a subcompact just reminds you too much of a Lego car, stay tuned. Tesla is coming out with a full size SUV crossover, the Model X.