When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in Sun City, California, a desert retirement community where residents commonly owned a single car and, for running down to the drug store or hitting the links, a golf cart. For people on fixed-income budgets and lots of time to swing clubs, having the electric golf cart to run errands and pursue a favorite pastime made lots of sense, especially when whatever else was parked in the garage was most likely a mid-1970s gas-guzzler.
Fast-forward several decades into the dual-income, hour-commute future, and a similar arrangement makes sense for plenty of American families. The key word there is ‘similar.’ Obviously, a golf cart is a lousy choice of transportation anywhere except for a palm-lined retirement mecca. But this, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV, is the next best thing, perfect for commuting and running around town while the family SUV handles the heavy lifting of school shuttling, soccer practices, and box-box retailer runs.
For any other purpose, though, you’re gonna want a different set of wheels.