2014 Chevrolet Spark EV review

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

If you had us five years ago that we’d be looking at a competitive EV today, we probably would spit our coffee out in shock.

And here we are. Within the few years we’ve seen a of all-new, all-electric cars hit the Although they ve all received share of positive press, have exactly been a hit with consumers. Chevrolet, thinks it has checked all the right

Not to give away any revelations too but the Chevrolet Spark EV just have this whole EV sorted.

The Spark EV is powered by a electric motor/generator that 400 lb-ft. of torque. This monster will propel the from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds, stands as the quickest 0-60 in the EV market. From there, the EV tops out at 90 mph.

The Spark EV weighs in at 2,967 which is only 600 more the gasoline version. Although it be heavier, its weight distribution is as it now boasts a near perfect weight balance thanks in part to the 21 kWh lithium-ion battery comprised of 336 individual batteries, clocks in at 560 lbs. and straddles the axle.

The Spark EV achieves an combined city/highway range of 82 It’s also been the current highest EPA energy rating in the market at 119 MPGe.

On a power source, the Spark EV can fully in less than 17 Step up to 240V and that drops below 7 hours. EVs fitted with an SAE Combo DC charger, which hits the later this year, can an 80 percent charge in only 20

Notably, Chevy won t be able to the fast charger to Spark a bum deal for early adopters.

Looking mostly like its brethren, the Spark EV is slightly due to a few minor aero-enhancing add-ons.

the Spark EV is small on the outside, the gas model, it s rather roomy on the It offers 86.3 cubic-feet of space with seating for adults. When we tested it, we had two — both over — in the front seat and a in the back.

All three fit reasonably

The instrument cluster in the Spark EV, like the standard Spark, is to the top of the steering wheel. In place of dials, Chevrolet designers placed a full-color screen to most specs a driver want at a quick glance, speed, battery charge as well as high, low and average range. A confidence gauge virtual icons to indicate to the just how their driving is affecting battery drain.


Chevrolet s touchscreen MyLink system and Bluetooth are also On the Spark, MyLinkincludes energy screens borrowed from the Volt, as well as an efficiency and a chart of how onboard energy is used. A $60 smartphone app called will let drivers run navigation the MyLink head unit,

Spark squares off against the Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV at the of the EV totem pole at $27,495 for the 1LT and for the 2LT (which adds leatherette and real cow hide on the steering That undercuts the Nissan by about $1,300, but you can only home a Spark EV if you live in or Oregon — at least for

In contrast to the rather remote and Leaf and the golf cart-esque i-MiEV, the Spark allows the to feel connected to the road feeling flimsy.

Yes, the Spark EV does 400 pound-feet of torque. But it isn’t And, dare we say it, it’s not quick either.

The best way to the Spark EV’s acceleration is to say peppy. Even in Sport the Spark EV isn’t the lightning we’d hoped it would be off the line. Goose it at around 20 though, and you’ll get a brief at that sea of torque beneath the as it’ll rip your head a bit.

The Spark EV is definitely the of its competitors — but not substantially so. never leave you breathless.

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it shines brightest during and cornering. Delightfully smooth, the EV benefits from engineering to the drivetrain, which dials in or negative torque as needed. The is a degree of refinement we haven t before in an EV.

The transmission offer two forward modes: Drive and Low. as you might expect, is for normal Select Low and you ll acces addition braking.

Come off the accelerator and the spins backward, slowing the car and energy, which is sent to the effectively extending driving Drive, on the other hand, like a standard car when the is released and regenerative braking is engaged when the brake is applied.

We preferred the feel of but people who are new to EVs might be more with Drive, as it more resembles the normal driving In the city in Low, we could and slow the car without ever the brake pedal.

Here s the Though we were impressed the Spark EV, just what we impressive came as a surprise: It s not a despite its 400 lb-ft. of instant Yet it s vastly smoother and more than EVs that have before.

Leftlane s bottom line

its competitors into consideration, the EV has got it all right: It does everything its couldn’t: make us feel we sacrificed anything in order to an eco-friendly EV.

The only problem? You can t buy one in 48 of the 50

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV price, $27,495.

Photos by Jaynes and Chevrolet.

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