Subcompact Culture The small car Review 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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Review: 2014 Chevrolet EV

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a thing for the small hot hatch It started with cars the Volkswagen Rabbit GTI, Omni GLH, Suzuki GT, and the Chevrolet Sprint Turbo. In base forms they necessarily the most exciting But with the right combination dynamics and character, they cars that are choked

And while they may not be the fastest on the road, they possess traits that make entertaining. Each one of these is a wee bit quirky, and they aren’t for Chevrolet s new Spark EV is also one of cars, and it s all electric.

And while it may outlandish to consider an electric Spark to be a hot hatch, my time the wheel made me realize this tiny five-door has of the characters the aforementioned fun hatches.

than come out with an uniquely designed car for its next EV Chevrolet looked to existing that’d be suitable for a lower-cost EV, of course saved them and money. They decided to use the platform due to its low initial cost of They also knew be able to sell it for less than a larger vehicle, making it more approachable to So out went the 1.2-liter gas-powered and in its place they put an electric mated to a single-speed gearbox, and a battery pack filled Li-Ion cells.

Of course, many of the technologies has learned with its Volt have been passed to the Spark EV. Chevy also to its parts bin for items such as the box, which actually the final drive gear GM s ubiquitous six-speed automatic Again, why reinvent the wheel you’ve got perfectly suitable items that ll work? Say it me: Cost savings

There are a few differences between the Spark EV and the Spark. The rear valence is and incorporates a tasteful diffuser. The car a little lower and has a lower of gravity, and has unique wheels. Up Chevrolet gives the Spark EV a grille treatment as the Volt shield-like inserts that it from a gas-burning Spark, but associates it with Chevy’s EV.

Other than that, A-segment EV does not scream at me, I m saving the planet by driving which I think is great.

OK, about that. Remember hot-hatch thing I was talking Chevrolet is quick to point out the EV s torque output of 400 ft/lbs.

The is also quick to point out the makes more torque a Ferrari 458 Itallia. However, the 140 it produces is not quite up to Ferrari The Spark EV, battery packs and weigh in at 2,967 lbs. So does this mean in of performance?

Chevy claims the Spark EV do 0-60 in 7.6 seconds, making it the of comparable EVs. That s However, what s it like to drive it?

Let s start from the You get in the Spark EV, and it s very similar to a Spark. There seems to be the amount of room in the front and seats, same amount of etc. I m not going to get into all the fun, the cool apps, the amenities, etc. You can read my Chevrolet Spark 2LT review for all since it applies here,

Anyhow,the big change is the LCD gauge which is totally different the gas version’s gauges. It displays battery charge, range and a of other information. The car also has starting and keyless ignition.

press the large illuminated button to turn the vehicle on. Put it gear, and you can zoom (whir?)

Put your foot to the floor and enough, this little has some significant grunt. s noticeable torque steer, not with 400 ft/lbs of torquey to the front wheels, but it s controllable. The EV can bark the front wheels a standstill, but the car s thrust is most from a rolling start.

The 10 50 MPH jaunt is quite remarkable. You won t how fast you re going until you passing other motorists and start wondering why the dude in the is driving so fast. There is a mode that recalibrates the for better response, and it is noticeable. impressive is the car’s low NVH (noise, harshness) levels.

Of course, s no exhaust or engine noise, but and wind noise are also The ride is unexpectedly compliant.

its fossil-fuel-burning fraternal twin, the EV is very maneuverable. It easily in and out of city traffic and is a cinch to Like it s cousin, the Volt, your highbeams, and the horn out a few short chirps great for pedestrians er making pedestrians of your silent presence.

All aside, the Spark EV is a great car but still quite smooth on trips.

The least hot thing this hot hatch EV is the handling, and of that is a result of the 195/55/15 resistance Bridgestone tires. they help the car achieve 128 city and 109 MPGe highway, don t do squat for handling. When through the corners in an enthusiastic the tires are quick to give out and the control is quick to kick in. some stickier tires fix (and there are plenty in size).

In addition, you get the awkward brake that so many EVs and hybrids But you know what? Despite the and weird brake feel, the car is a to drive; certainly more so the Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi

So how far can you go with all this fun? 80 miles, which is more enough for the majority of American according to Chevrolet, which the average American commute is 20 a day. And while initially you may 80 miles isn’t that think about your

Personally, I travel almost 20 miles round trip, so d allow me plenty of wiggle for errands at lunch or after I realize this won t suffice for but it will work for quite a few

I know what you re wondering. How will it take to charge? It On standard 110V household it takes 20 hours from an battery. If you have a 240V installed at your residence, times drop to seven from a drained battery (Chevrolet is offering a $500 on its 240V home charging too.

Bosch charging go from about $949 to USD.) Chevy is quick to out most people do not fully the battery, by the way. In the next few there will also be a DC option that allows to go from an empty battery to 80% charge in only 20 minutes. will be a $750 option it becomes available in the next of months.

But, you ll need to find a that has these DC fast if you want to take advantage of option. Keep in mind, says 90% of all EV charging is done at One last thing about The Spark EV does have braking, and there is an L gear kicks up that regenerative when you let off the throttle.

Most EVs this mode nowadays, but the EV’s has a more noticeable when you’re off the gas. er.

How much will a Chevy EV set you back? Well, unless you in California or Oregon, it really matter since the car won’t be for there, as Chevrolet is planning on to key influencer states at this (Canada, China, and South will eventually get this too.) Assuming you do live in or Oregon, the starting price is around $27,000. Woah! It s for a Chevy Spark EV?

Well, s before the available $7,500 in tax which then brings the car $20,000 quite a bit more What s more appealing to me is the deal: Put $999 down, and you ll pay a month for three years. A cap of 12,000 miles is in place.

I was really impressed with the EV; quite a bit more than I I d be. I m not just saying that Chevy bought me dinner and ( that’s full disclosure people ). I could actually see or leasing one of these if our Toyota got struck by a large meteor or The Spark feels well-built and it s a ton of fun to drive; it s got enough amenities and for any commuter; and it doesn’t announce you re trying to be eco-chic to the rest of the

Oh, and there s that 400 ft/lbs of thing, again, too.

I the folks at Chevy for their on the Spark EV. They’ve created an truly fun hot hatch with and spirit that also to not use any gasoline. It s the first EV I’ve that I d actually consider in my driveway for more than a

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