If what you're looking for today is an inexpensive rental car in the Fresno area to just run errands (or get to and from work for a while) and you want a car that's zippy, fun, and SUPER simple to operate, our 2016 SPARK EV is the world's most perfect, money saving, fun little car you'll ever rent. You'll LOVE it!
The biggest advantages of the SPARK EV are that you won't spend a dime in gas, it charges overnight in your garage from any outlet, (or in 33 minutes at a charging station) it's VERY zippy, it's WHISPER quiet, it's almost brand spanking new (it only has 6,000 miles as of March 2017) and it's very safe (it has EIGHT airbags)!
I think the Spark EV is one of the best valued EV's on the market today. It's not anywhere as comfortable, solid or luxurious as our Nissan LEAF but it has much longer range and it's much "sportier" (and fun) to drive.
(This is not to say that our 2012 white Nissan LEAF is gutless. The LEAF has more power than most cars it's size. However, this Spark EV is REALLY fast and fun to drive. You'll be AMAZED. I promise.)
When I need something more comfortable, quiet, and solid (with a more "luxurious"-type ride) I always choose our 2012, white Nissan LEAF. But if I know I'm going to drive more than 50 miles that day ~ or if I just want a simple, quick "go to" car that's far more fun to drive and easier to "zip" around town in ~ I always take the SPARK EV.
*If you utilize one of the several local, Fresno DC Fast Charging Stations, it only takes 33 minutes to fully recharge the Chevrolet Spark EV. Or, if you prefer, you can just do an "overnight" charge (like I do) with the supplied granny charge cable you'll find in the trunk. It just plugs into any typical 110V household outlet like a hairdryer!
NOTE: If you're looking for a deal on a rental car to go out of town, (or on a vacation) this 2016 all electric plug-in Chevrolet Spark EV is probably NOT the right car for you. (Same goes for our 2012 white Nissan LEAF SL and our 2014 blue Mercedes B Class electric). An all-electric plug-in car is typically rented when people just need a "daily commuter" or "errands" car (or to replace their stinky, noisy, gas guzzling, car that's in the shop for repairs again).
Most all electric plug-in cars can only be driven 60-90 miles before they need to be recharged*. However, 90% of the time people only drive 30 to 50 miles in a day anyway.
This makes electric cars the perfect "primary" family car (if you keep that stinky, noisy gas powered car and only use it for the other 10% when you need to go out of town).
If what you're looking for is an "out of town" car or a Yosemite "vacation" car, our 2017 Chevrolet VOLT LT and our 2014 Chevrolet VOLT Premium are "range extended" (gasoline/electric hybrid) cars that will accommodate you perfectly. They get more than 85 MPG and they're the most popular rented cars in Fresno right now. Fun, fast and sexy!
Our 2014 Mercedes B200 has an approximate 86 miles of range under typical driving conditions and recharges in fully in 200 minutes at a commercial charging station (or overnight with the supplied 110V household outlet granny charging cord).
Our 2016 Chevy Spark EV has an approximate 82 miles of range under typical driving conditions and recharges fully in 33 minutes at a charging station (or overnight with the supplied 110V household outlet granny charging cord).
Our 2012 Nissan LEAF SL has an approximate 65 miles of range under typical driving conditions and recharges fully in 38 minutes at a charging station (or overnight with the supplied 110V household outlet granny charging cord).
Our 2017 Chevrolet VOLT LT has an approximate 51 miles of range under typical driving conditions (plus an additional 400 miles of range from its 10 gallon fuel tank) and recharges fully in 2.5 hours at 240 VOLTS or overnight with the supplied 120V household outlet granny charging cord.
Our 2014 Chevrolet VOLT Premium has an approximate 44 miles of range under typical driving conditions (plus an additional 350 miles of range from its 10 gallon fuel tank) and recharges fully in 2.5 hours at 240 VOLTS or overnight with the supplied 120V household outlet granny charging cord.
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