Three EVs and a Great Used Chevy Hybrid

Electric vehicles are the road of the future, and we see more and more of them on the road every year as additional cities and regions add charging stations. Did you know there are now over 46,000 public charging stations in the United States? What’s more, many of these even offer free charging for your vehicle. So if you live in the city, or if you live in the suburbs and travel to the city, you will be in good company if you switch to electric or hybrid vehicles. Finding a place to turn on will not be difficult. And with fuel prices still at historical highs, electric vehicles can be a real money saver.

Once you’ve come to the conclusion that you want an electric vehicle, you’ll probably find yourself looking for used Chevy dealers. Of course, not every driver has the same needs. Some drivers just need a commuter car to get to and from work, while others may need a weekend getaway car that can handle the occasional road trip. Many drivers are even looking for a family car that can fit everyone while still being fuel efficient. Each of these drivers requires a different vehicle. So if you want an affordable electric vehicle, you need a manufacturer that makes EV and hybrid models to meet every possible need.

With Chevy operating in the EV space for some time now, not only will you find a variety of different fuel-efficient models, but you can also find plenty on a variety of used Chevys from years past. This includes models that are fully battery-powered, as well as models with a hybrid powertrain. So let’s see which one is best for your lifestyle.

#1 – Best for Busy Cities: Chevrolet Spark EV

If you’re looking for a car that’s compact so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space on a busy street, the Spark EV is the right choice. This electric mini car may be small, but it still has seating for four and a comfortable hatchback design that makes luggage easy to load, provided you don’t have to pack anything too big.

The Spark EV packs a lot of convenient features into its tiny frame, like the 23.4 cu.ft. cargo volume and tons of storage options, from center console holders to bottle holders in door pockets and glass holders on the front and back. Plus, it has a seven-inch LCD display screen that shows you lots of pertinent information through crisp graphics. Despite being a few years old, the Spark EV has the features you’d expect from a new vehicle today, such as built-in Wi-Fi, remote start capability, and heated driver and front passenger seats.

As for charging range and capability, the Spark EV offers three levels of charging capability. On a DC fast charger, it can charge up to 80 percent in just 20 minutes, so this car will never keep you waiting long to get going. And, it can handle multiple DC fast charges per day, which is rare for this vehicle segment, so there’s no limit to how far you can go in a day.

Chevy only made Spark EVs from 2013 to 2016, but if you can find a used model, you can enjoy a nimble little vehicle that’s ideal for busy city streets, getting in and out of tight parking lots, and navigating traffic. If you ask us, it’s a shame that Chevrolet stopped making these attractive compact vehicles. However, part of the reason for its discontinuation is that Chevy started making some more attractive electric cars.

#2 – For Those Who Need Versatility: Chevy Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt EV is a compact hatchback that packs all the passenger seating and cargo area you could want from an SUV into a sleek, sophisticated and smaller body that’s easy to handle and fit into a small parking lot. It has an electric range of up to 259 miles, depending on the model year. So it can handle a week’s worth of travel without recharging and even road trips. If you want to spend the weekend taking a day trip out of town, doing so in the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV is a breeze––even when you can’t find many charging ports nearby.

This car can go from zero to 60 in about six seconds and produces 200 hp. So, while electric vehicles may have a reputation for not being as powerful or fast as a gas waster, the Bolt EV debunks that misconception. And with Chevy recently releasing the redesigned Chevy Bolt EV 2022, you might be getting some good deals on older used models. The car is still fresh and fun, with modern features like single-pedal driving, which lets you brake and accelerate with the gas pedal, reducing fatigue on long journeys. DC fast charging is available on the Bolt EV and can get you up to 100 miles in just 30 minutes.

The Bolt EV has the newer Chevy infotainment system and offers a 10.2-inch diagonal color touchscreen displaying important vehicle and driver info, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also loaded with the Chevy Safety Assist range consisting of advanced driver assistance features to minimize the chances of road accidents.

A close up showing the passenger side lights on a 2016 Chevy Volt.

#3 – For Classic Sedan: Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt is another great vehicle that left the Chevy lineup prematurely. Chevy stopped making this plug-in hybrid sedan in 2019 after nine years. Its unique sequential powertrain means the Volt is powered by an electric motor but has a gasoline engine to recharge its lithium-ion battery on the go. For the 2019 model, the result is a pure electric range of 53 miles and a total range of 420 miles. If you like the idea of ​​an EV for your daily commute but need more range and fast refueling for the occasional road trip, this is the car for you.

The Volt is a comfortable ride, and has a Wi-Fi hotspot available with a subscription, so those unfamiliar with using their smartphone app in a vehicle can do so with this used car. It has responsive steering, and when in EV mode, the electric motor is completely silent––which can be a joy in a busy city.

One of the coolest features of the Chevy Volt is that you can schedule when you want to start charging after you plug it in. This feature lets you recharge your car during off-peak (aka more affordable) electricity hours, saving you even more money. Another modern feature is OnStar MyLink, which is present in the Volt smartphone app. It lets you do things like pre-cool the car before you get in––which is a huge bonus on hot summer days––as well as check your battery level from your smartphone.

Many motorists also appreciate the Chevy Volt which has a refined and stylish look with a traditional sedan body style. So if you don’t really want a car that makes people say, “It’s got to be an electric vehicle,” the Volt is a great compromise. Chevy eventually stopped making cars because they were too expensive to produce. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t many used models now available at affordable prices!

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