I'm excited about the spark EV and want to buy one. However, Chevrolet and/or the SAE that came up with the DC fast charging standard has really disappointed me. See, I really would like to buy a Spark EV this year in 2013 for tax purposes. Chevrolet promised a DC fast charge option for the Spark EV and the ability to charge the car to 80% in 20 minutes. "Wow", I thought at the announcement at the end of 2012. It really resonated with me and I knew it was an option that I really wanted. Well, here is what happened:
1. The spark EV comes out early in June and has no fast charging option.
2. We find out the DC fast charge option cannot even be retrofitted to currently produced cars. ( I verified with Chevrolet)
3. Chevrolet says the DC fast charge option will be available late 2013. (I could of waited)
4. Now, Chevrolet says the cars with DCFC wont be available til 2014. (I verified info with two Chevrolet reps.)
1. Wait, then pre-order when the DCFC option is available and cross my fingers and hope the car comes out early in Dec of this year.
2. Buy another EV. (Don't want to though)
3. Buy the current Spark EV and never be able to DC Fast Charge.
4. Buy next year with the DCFC option, but take a big tax hit, cause no $7500 credit this year.
5. Buy the current Spark EV and trade it in next year for a new one with DCFC, take depreciation hit.
Hmmmm. What to do?