Best Plug-In Electric Car Deals For January 2016

JAN 18 2016 BY MARK KANE 20

U.S. Best Lease Deals – January 2016 (CarsDirect data)

U.S. Best Lease Deals – January 2016 (CarsDirect data)

Chevrolet Spark EV

Chevrolet Spark EV

Two 2015, and four 2016 plug-in electric cars were listed by CarsDirect as worthy to consider in January due to attractive offers.

The Chevrolet Spark EV remains the king of lease deals with average monthly cost over 39 months at $139 ($1 up compared to December when the 2015 model year was listed).

Then we see Fiat 500e (2015) at $225 (no change), Ford C-Max Energi (2015) at $237 (down from $246 in December), Volkswagen e-Golf (2016) at $244 (also down from $259).

Chevrolet Volt (2016) stands at $299 without change, as long as you are currently a non-GM owner.

And there is a Nissan LEAF on the list this time (instead of the BMW i3) with highlighted financing:

“You won’t see it advertised on Nissan’s website, but there’s a 0% APR finance offer for 72 months plus a $3,500 bonus on all versions of the 2016 LEAF (including the new 107-mile version with 30 kWh battery). If you opt to lease, there are up to $9,300 in discounts available, with the largest amounts on the entry-level S model.”

Source: CarsDirect

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I thought SparkEV lease deal expired. I don’t see it on Chevy web site. Also missing in web site is free Bosche EVSE they used to give away with SparkEV.

ev-vin shows $149/mo + $2970 as best.

Looks to me like CarsDirect is working with stale data for the Spark EV and Volt.

As far as the LEAF, that “unadvertised” special financing is in plain view on the LEAF web page. And what’s this false hype about $9.3K off on a LEAF lease? That’s pretty much status quo on most if not all affordable BEVs, including the FFE and B-Class ED.

Doesn’t CarsDirect make somehow make money selling cars? Are these the best deals for us or for them?

Bad data, questionable intent… I’d take “news” from their site with a grain of salt.

Another of interest. best-green-car-deals doesn’t show it, but main carsdirect SparkEV page shows $24,995 that includes $1000 Chevy rebate.

The Spark and the Fiat as well as the EGolf are “vaporware cars” to the majority of the U.S. Where I’m at only the Leaf, I3, Volt, C-Max are available of those on your list. C-mon folks there is life “outside of carb states”

+1 … GMTA (Great Minds Think Alike)

Agreed. Spark EV, 500e, e-Golf, Soul EV- these are all cars that aren’t available nationwide. Where I live, we are limited to these electrically-dominant plugins:

2015 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF
2015 Chevy Volt
2016 Ford Focus Electric
2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2016 BMW i3
2016 BMW i3 REx
2016 Tesla Model S
2016 Tesla Model X

I don’t want to buy any of these cars right now. They are either obsolete, soon to be obsolete, or too expensive to consider.

I would add the Ford Energi’s to the list, but I don’t consider them electrically dominant. There are a few other plugins here that are similar.

Mark, it would be great if you add another column indicating which cars are compliance cars (only sold in CARB compliance States) and which are not. New readers to the website might be under the mistaken impression a Chevy Spark EV, Fiat 500e, or Volkswagen e-Golf are available in their area.

It would be really great if Inside EVs defined compliance cars in an article/wiki/page and linked to that article in all of their future articles, like this one, so new people can fully understand what CARB compliance is and why manufacturers, engaged in compliance sales, suck.

CARB is California Air Resources Board. In strict definition, it’s cars only sold in CA. Since SparkEV is sold outside of CA, it’s not CARB.

Compliance cars are cars only sold in states/countries that require some percentage of EV to be sold to be able to sell gas cars. Since SparkEV is sold in MD (and Canada and Mexico), it’s not compliance.

In fact, I wrote a whole blog post about compliance if below link doesn’t get deleted.

There should be different term for limited availability cars. Most EV on the list are not yet available in all 50 states (but hopefully soon to be available), though 500e is only available in compliance states of CA+OR. So the only car for compliance is 500e, but all cars on the list would be compliance cars if the definition is anything not available in your area.

CARB states – Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, District of Columbia.

CARB-Zero Emission Vehicle states – California’s ZEV program has now been adopted by the states of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. These states, known as the “Section 177 states,” have chosen to adopt California’s air quality standards in lieu of federal requirements as authorized under Section 177 of the federal Clean Air Act. Additionally, California’s GHG standards are now spelled out federal law. Maine, Washington DC and New Jersey are participating with ZEV initiatives, but are not signatory CARB-ZEV states.

EXCELLENT! May I quote your forum post in my blog and give you credit?

The Spark EV is only sold in CARB-ZEV states. Because the Bolt EV will handle not only GM’s compliance duties and EPA CAFE mitigation requirements (so they can sell oodles of profitable gas guzzlers), the Bolt also may be sold in non-CARB states… someday!

Dropping the link in the website field too – lots of interesting details about carb,zev as well as leaf vs egolf

Good link.
This shows Volkswagen (VW, Audi, Porche) are expanding sales to most/all CARB compliance States. The title of the article and URL are a bit misleading. VW isn’t expanding sales across the USA, they are expanding sales to the rest of the CARB compliance States.

So here is the thing with the spark that fascinates me. Other than cars double it’s cost and more, what other EV can accelerate as fast as the spark EV? Non that I know of. Talk about a performance value. Closest in size seems to be the Fiat, but lack of DCFC and only two doors make it a tough car to want to lease/purchase.

500e is quicker 0-30 than SparkEV, though slower in 0-60. But as you point out, lack of DCFC is deal breaker, especially in CA where DCFC is relatively abundant.

I think this is better than any lease deal. Free SparkEV “lease” from waivecar! 🙂

Nissan is already discounting the 2016… knew this would happen. I’ll hold tight until the end of 2016 and see what happens, my bet is that you’ll see $5000 discount with 0% APR as well as some dealer incentives of $3-4K. At those prices, I’ll go buy one for sure.

The Spark EV lease deal seems to be for one dealer in SoCal. I test drove one Jan 19 and the rough numbers I was offered was about $5000 higher of the life of the lease. At those prices, might as well get Leaf SV, which is a much bigger car.

You are right, it’s just one dealer, not a factory offer.

I check every week; all the Chevy dealers I look at are in the Spark EV row or the Volt row of the table. Good luck!