Best Plug-In Electric Car Deals For October

OCT 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Best Green Car Deals: October 2015 – CarsDirect

Best Green Car Deals: October 2015 – CarsDirect

CarsDirect released a new set of best deals for plug-in cars in the U.S. for October with 5 models.

Not much changed since the previous month, as only the BMW i3 was added compared to September. Adding i3 isn’t strange after the September surge of sales.

Here is CarsDirect’s opinion on the Top 5 and if you are interested CarsDirect provide a custom lease quote on each of the five models:

2015 Ford C-Max Energi

“With $10,257 in lease discounts, it’s no surprise that the 2015 C-Max Energi SEL continues to rank as the best deal on a plug-in hybrid. Its effective lease cost is now $43/month less than a 2015 Chevy Volt ($224 vs. $267). Prefer to purchase? Be sure to consider that Ford heavily weighs C-Max Energi incentives toward leasing and financing. In fact, it’s one of a handful of Fords to not have any standard rebates except for a $3,000 bonus for financing with Ford Credit.”

2015 Chevrolet Volt

“If you can still find one, the 2015 Volt is a great car to lease. It may be $9,920 pricier than a Prius Two but huge discounts make the Volt just $12/month more expensive when you lease. Sure, a big redesign is coming, but Chevy is opting not to release it in most regions outside California until well into next year. This may be the last month before the outgoing model becomes difficult to find.”

2015 FIAT 500e

“Once again, the FIAT 500e ranks as the best value on an electric vehicle. Big lease discounts result in an effective lease cost of just $225 per month, $41 less than a Nissan LEAF. Currently leasing a non-FIAT vehicle? Be sure to ask about a $1,000 conquest discount that can reduce your amount due at signing. Note that the 500e continues to only be offered at select dealers in CA and OR to meet emissions mandates.”

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

“This month’s most affordable lease on the e-Golf isn’t on the 2015 model, but the brand-new 2016. That’s because VW replaced last year’s Limited Edition model with a new SE trim. It gives up some amenities but has a lower MSRP by $4,455. As a result, the SE has an effective lease cost $30/month less than the Limited Edition ($264 vs. $294). It’s also $2/month less than a Nissan LEAF S ($264 vs. $266)- not bad for an efficient car based on the award-winning Golf. As before, the e-Golf continues to only be offered at select dealers in CA, CT, DC, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, RI and VT.”

2015 BMW i3

“The BMW i3 isn’t the most affordable EV but strong sales made it last month’s bestselling electric car. We think things are just getting started, however. That’s because this month’s huge improvement in lease price makes it the most-improved deal on an EV. Both the payment and amount due have been cut, resulting in a $42/month improvement in effective lease cost. There hasn’t been a better time than now to lease an i3.”

Source: CarsDirect

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Oh man, of course Ford would throw an extra $700 at the CMax right after I got mine. Oh well, I still got a great deal.

These deals make sense in light of the slow sales this summer. Of course, we all saw it coming. I can’t wait for the old stock to be cleared out so the next generation can start to filter in!

The 2016 CMax? Looks like right now, there’s No battery improvement of any kind.

Yeah, there are rumors of Ford letting the car run its course as-is, and then discontinuing it in favor of something as-of-yet undetermined.

That sounds likely.

Just approved $228 month 39 months 12k miles for Base 2015 Chevy Volt. First months payment due at signing. Includes former Chevy Volt owner discount


Good luck finding a 2015 Volt. Went to Rydell in Northridge CA last month and they were sold out. Ended up buying at Autonation Valencia CA

Why is SparkEV left out of the list? At $139/mo with 0 down is lower than any car on this list. With CA rebate of $4000, that works out to $38/mo lease. SparkEV is not only best plug-in deal, it’s the best car lease deal in US, if not the world.

With DC fast charge, it’s far more useful EV than Fiat or anything that doesn’t have DCFC.

Can you really get that deal on the Spark?

How are the SAE Combo plugs numbering in Cali?

What do you mean if you can get the deal? If you make less than $250,000/yr, you get some deal, whether it’s $77/mo or $38/mo depends on your income. At this price point, I don’t know why people don’t take SparkEV, even if they already have an EV. It’s cheaper than most cell phone plans!

At least in SoCal, there’s enough CCS in most places (about 5 to 10 miles apart) so the range anxiety is practically non existent. If it’s not for Nissan’s no charge to charge with their crappy Leaf…

My vote goes to the VW e-golf… Seems to blow the others out of the water in my humble opinion…

If you’re talking about SEL (7.2kW L2, DC fast charge) with 86 miles range, it’s way overpriced; it’s about same price as Leaf SV/SL that gets 110 miles range. If you’re talking about SE, I couldn’t find a way to get pricing with DCFC. I think base comes with 3.3kW L2, no DCFC and it’s $3000 more than SparkEV with DCFC.

There’s also 0-60 time about 3 seconds slower than SparkEV with DCFC that cost about $10,000 less than SEL.

Of course, that’s just my view. What is it about eGolf that blows SparkEV out of the water?

I’ve driven my buddies eGolf and ridden in my neighbors Spark EV. As far as the fit, finish, comfortablity of the interior, the eGolf wins no contest. and depending on your taste, you may agree or disagree, the eGolf exterior styling also wins hands down. Sure it’s not as fast, but i think 0-30 is at least in the same ballpark.

The Spark is a great value, and in terms of $$ value, cost per mile, etc, it can’t be beaten right now.

Smart has great prices for their electric run-around which may not be a deal but still is competitive with “the deals” noted above.