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Jim Motavalli Reviews $199 A Month Electric Cars

Between the Chevy Spark EV, the smart ED and the cute Fiat 500e, in NY Times writer Motavalli's opinion, GM's spunky little electric car came out on top in driving review.

Published: 05-Jan-2014

Electric car are getting cheaper. Although purchase prices vary, the Chevrolet Spark E.V. and Smart Electric Drive Cabriolet can be leased for three years at $199 a month, and the Fiat 500e at $239. That means consumers are likely to weigh factors other than the bottom line when deciding which — if any — of these small, stylish battery vehicles to put in their driveway.

The good news is that none of them are terrible. But would a pure electric vehicle meet your needs?

If your family has only one car and takes long trips, a plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt would probably be a better choice. But if you simply want a fun car for frugal, eco-friendly commutes, one of these may be worth considering. Federal and state incentives can sweeten the deal.

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