Vehicle(s): Zero DSR, Chevy Spark EV, Chevy Bolt EV
While Nissan Leaf got the EV game really and truly going in the modern era of cars. They got something absolutely wrong, and something absolutely right.
What they got right? – People want EV’s
What they got wrong? – They made “Save the Planet” the reason to get the Leaf.
My first EV is the Zero Motorcycles DSR. It’s a motorcycle that is light like a 600cc motorcycle, but has the setting to perform like a 1000cc superbike. Nothing about the Zero brand says “save the planet”. It’s all about the motorcycle and riding and enjoying the motorcycle. It’s about the sheer exhilarating swift shiftless zero to 80 mph performance, and the extremely economical way of riding, in eco mode. In eco mode my DSR gets 11.9 miles per kW! That means It costs 0.7 cents a mile to ride, second only to walking or riding a bicycle. As features go for the Zero DSR it is pretty plain jane with very little to offer. I am very partial now to the “trunk” where the “gas tank” normally is though.
My second EV is the Chevy Spark EV, which replaced a Prius C. Dear Spark EV, you had me at 327 ft/lbs! The car is ridiculously quick. It is just an absolute a blast to drive. Eighty miles range for city living driving is about double what I need, so yes!
My third EV is a Chevy Bolt EV, you had me when the dealer said punch it, but I was like ummm, no it’s an eco car. Then I did at 25 mph, the tires squealed, the traction control came on, it squealed again, the traction control said, now now now, again. And then I was going 50 mph, in like 2 seconds, I squealed, he squealed, we all squealed. I shopped for a nice used one, and love that every day the car is full. I think the Spark has a better display than the Bolt. I don’t like Android Auto or Apple Car play, both are fine but I don’t like “hooking up my car” every time I just want to go to taco bell. The Sparks app link, plays Pandora so my stations and thumbs up / down work. I don’t need all the other apps that Android and Apple put in. I traded my 3rd Gen Honda Insight for the Bolt EV. As soon as Honda says all EV, I’ll go back.
As long as car is focused on why we have high performance cars and trucks, they will thrive. Europe is getting all the good stuff like the Honda E and the ID3. We keep getting way overpriced things with weird interiors from Tesla. I’ve tried both S and X and hate them, they are terrible interiors, ESPECIALLY for the price! Honda, VW, Renault (3rd Gen ZOE!) are all producing the EV’s the market wants, which is simply a good normal car – that happens to be EV powered.