Plug-In 2013 in San Diego

I’m here in San Diego getting ready to attend the official opening party for the annual conference about electric vehicles. Things have come a very long way since I attended my first such event in 2010.

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to test drive both the new Chevy Spark EV as well as the relative old-timer, the Chevy Volt. I’ve previously driven the Tesla Model S, the Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Rav 4 (the last of which seemed to garner the least bit of interest).

For now, I’ll say that the Spark lives up to its reputation of being a surprisingly powerful if somewhat unrefined vehicle. It’s very much a go-kart like experience and while acceptable for a short commute I would not relish an extended drive in it. The Volt is much more refined, relaxed, and not nearly as impressive in its power-to-weight ratio.

Stay tuned for a more detailed write up of my test driving experiences along with news and photos from the conference.

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