New Chevrolet Spark EV Surprises with Powerful Torque and Road Handling

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EV Review: New Chevrolet Spark EV with Powerful Torque and Handling

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Yesterday I test several next generation Motors (GM) automobiles, the Chevrolet Spark EV. Targeted to in selected California dealerships summer 2013, the compact yet Spark will surprise who are skeptical of electric vehicles with its performance due to what GM as a revolutionary motor and drive

Despite the criticism of the Chevy ’s fitful on-again then production, the plug-in electric (PHEV) Volt had its best of sales last month. Now GM is some of the Volt’s technology to the a trailblazing EV for several reasons. its electric motor will be the of its kind that an automaker produce entirely within the States.

Plus the Spark’s propulsion components, including its rotor and bar wound copper stator, are the of this next generation car is surprisingly fun to drive and, of emissions free on the road.

400 of torque will make the stand out on the road

But with the Spark’s “green” comes performance that shock many drivers. The 130 Spark boasts 400 lb.-ft. of that will leave ICE cars of its size in the dust. We not take the Spark off-site it is not yet in production, but on one stretch, I was able to use my foot and experience the engine’s that allows rapid yet zero-to-60 mph acceleration in as little as seconds. In addition, the Spark the quiet ride typical of EVs.

The steering column is tight for a car of its size. An intuitive that offers both and updates on the car’s fuel rounds out the Spark’s benefits. The range is not yet official as GM is in the midst of the car’s exact specifications, but the Spark to exceed significantly the current 35 to 38 battery-only mile

Some drivers will at the Spark’s size but for commuters who can at the rail station or office the day and then home at night, the could become far more simply an adequate automobile for content with a vehicle for kids, running errands or short hops on the local

The Spark s dash allows the to monitor intuitively the car s fuel

For GM, the Spark could become an step forward for GM’s goal of having up to 500,000 vehicles on the road with sort of electrification by 2017. to Mary Barra. GM’s Vice President of Global Development, the company is on track to 50,000 non-ICE cars by the end of EVs still face challenges “range anxiety,” costs, a dubious they can offer performance at a low price and the lack of that can create headaches due to the of charging stations.

Nevertheless the Spark packs of punch and along with its EV and PHEV cousins could on when the price of gasoline yet once again.

Leon , based in Fresno, California, is a consultant and the editor of . He to  Guardian Sustainable Business ,  and Earth911 . You can follow Leon and ask him on  Twitter .

Disclosure: GM covered Leon transportation costs and accommodation in County.

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