• The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV pure electric vehicle builds on Chevrolet�s proven electric motor and battery development programs. When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California. The Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV pure electric vehicle builds on Chevrolet�s proven electric motor and battery development programs. When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California. The Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
Consider Consumer Reports officially juiced about the all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark. The publication tested out the EV and found it to be far superior to its gas-powered brethren, calling the all-electric the "best version of this small hatchback."

CR was particularly effusive about the car's handling and ride quality as well as pickup from the 130-horsepower motor, calling Chevy's estimate of a sub-8-second 0-60 mile per hour time "more than believable." The navigation and connected radio also received props, as did the car's official 82-mile single-charge range, which beats out that of the Nissan Leaf (sort of). Check out CR's Spark EV "first drive" impressions here.

Factor in the $10,000 in tax incentives in places like California (the feds provide $7,500 of that total, which is available nationwide), and the Spark EV can be had for a tick under $17,500, making it a better play than the conventional Spark, CR says. Folks can also lease the car for $199 a month.

It's worth noting that we came to a similar conclusion with the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive compared to the gas-powered Smart, saying after our own test last October that the two-seater EV's acceleration and all-around quality made it a better option than the gas-powered ForTwo.


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      CoolWaters
      • 2 Months Ago
      Holy Cow, you can buy this thing for 28 Grand, and take a 10 Grand tax credit in CA? This is Fantastic! That's an incredible Deal.
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Yeah, I think GM should not have much problem meeting its ZEV requirements with this on the market.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait... Did that video say there wasn't even Level II 240v charging? WTF GM?
        CarNutMike
        • 2 Months Ago
        It does handle L2 charging but only up to 3.3kW. It theoretically can do DC fast charging too, except those chargers don't actually exist.
        Rotation
        • 2 Months Ago
        Level 2 just means 240V AC. It has L2 charging. It just charges at 3.3kW, which was the norm for EVs two years ago. The only EV that was faster at that time was the Focus Electric. Then the Fit EV came along. Then the new RAV4 EV. And then the LEAF jumped up to 6kW at the start of this year. So now a pure EV that does only 3.3kW looks like an oddball.
        Rob Mahrt
        • 2 Months Ago
        Yea, I think the goal is to hope the DC fast charging expands. Both the Spark and i3 are set up for it. Something like 80% charge in 25 minutes? There is potential.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Months Ago
      The Spark also has the advantage of using lifepo batteries which presumably will live a lot longer than say the semi suicidal leaf pack :)
        jeff
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        The reported problems with the Leaf turned out to be an instrumention problem, not a battery problem... However, LiFeP04 battery will last longer and are typically safer...
          jeff
          • 2 Months Ago
          @jeff
          Sorry, but in the link you provided the people used the cars instrumentation to determine that there was lose of range.... The instruments were the problem not the batteries....
          Rotation
          • 2 Months Ago
          @jeff
          That's not true. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?p=228326#p228326 The loss is most certainly real. Nissan doesn't try to deny it, so there's no reason for try to pretend it isn't real either.
      krona2k
      • 2 Months Ago
      It sounds so fast I'm severely tempted to swap my Leaf for it - if they ever sell it in the UK of course.
      fairfireman21
      • 2 Months Ago
      Yes I do if the wife does not have to work, and yes I did it in my truck. If I would buy one new it would be the gas version.
      • 2 Months Ago
      I just don't understand how any electric car that does not have can be fast charging can be recommended. If you sell an ev without fast charging -at least as an option- you have failed.
        jeff
        • 2 Months Ago
        The car DOES support fast charging, but the fast chargers are not widely avaliable yet.....
        CarNutMike
        • 2 Months Ago
        It appears that ability to DC fast charge will be an option available later this year. The video showed a picture of the plug (the Leaf guys call it FrankenPlug) at 2:06.
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        This car does have a fast-charge option. But if you charge up every night and your commute is shorter than the car's range . . . why is the fast charging so important? If you are going to do a long trip then use a gas car. You are going to want to drive 70 miles, stop for 30 minutes, drive 70 miles, stop for 30 minutes, etc.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if they will sell more electrified ones than gas ones. That gas engine version has got to be miserable. Nothing is a bigger turn off than the wailings and gnashings of a tiny displacement engine trying to make power.
        Rob Mahrt
        • 2 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        If the EV was available everywhere.. it may be slightly close but.. nope Spark gas will dominate because it is available to a market ten times the size of the EV.
        CoolWaters
        • 2 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        At that price, you have to be kind of a fool to buy the gas version.
          Spec
          • 2 Months Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Yeah, I can't imagine buying the gas version of this car. But the electric version . . . that is very tempting.
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        No they won't . . . they've sold a LOT of (crappy) gas versions. "Chevrolet has a surprisingly big hit on its hands with its smallest offering, the Spark. Automotive News is reporting that in its first 12 months in the US, the microcar has amassed 26,869 sales, which is 35 percent higher than the automaker originally estimated for the hatchback." http://www.autoblog.com/2013/06/24/chevy-spark-tops-sales-projections-in-first-12-months/ But since the body style does seem to sell decently, I think the Spark EV should sell OK at least.
          Rotation
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Spec
          Yeah. there's no way. The gas Spark has outsold all EVs in the US COMBINED during the period of the existence. The EV Spark may be the better one, but EVs just aren't big sellers yet.
      korblalak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMUQCAyFpCc
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      CU also has Two Thumbs Up in EV Leasing. http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2013/06/electric-car-lease-deals-are-the-best-way-to-get-into-an-ev.html
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Months Ago
      I'm trying to talk some friends into leasing this car. The gas savings would pay for half the monthly payment. Now I can say, "Plus it's fun AND Consumer Reports loves it!" The wife is a bit safe about car choices and I'm not sure she could handle how the Spark looks. If it drives well and is enjoyable the looks don't matter anywhere near as much. But the other choice is a good used car so I'm torn. I'd rather screw dealerships than help them but I won't let that prevent me recommending that particular purchase.
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        @purrpullberra
        Well . . . at least get them to try a test drive. That can't hurt and seems like it would be fun.
      CoolWaters
      • 2 Months Ago
      Here's a Laugh, this electrifying beauty can't stop chirping the tires. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTL8upQrBVE Expect to get 1 year wear if you drive like her.
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Damn, she is a leadfoot. And another great review for this little speedster.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the body of this car were something attractive like a Mazda Miata or Mini-Cooper, this would probably sell like crazy. It will probably do alright but the econobox body probably holds it back. Well done though, GM. Now put the guts into something a bit more sexy.
        CoolWaters
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Yes, this IS the same company that designed the EV1. I know, unbelievable.
          Spec
          • 2 Months Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Hmm. If that was my only other choice, I might stick to the Spark body, at least it seats 4. I like the Cd of the EV-1 but it looks a bit goofy to me.
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        I actually like the looks. Much better than the Leaf. I have always had small three doors for their functionality and economy. I know I am supposed to think that a car can fix my life or make me happy or attract women, but I just don't. So I prefer them to be economical. Has GM said when they might offer these things to the rest of the country?
          Spec
          • 2 Months Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          This is a four-door. The handle for the rear door is up in the black area near the window.
        Turbo Froggy
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        A lot of people say the same thing about the Leaf and yet they are still selling faster than they can make them: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/15/all-of-a-sudden-nissan-doesnt-have-enough-leafs-to-go-around/
        Rotation
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Today I learned the BMW MINI Cooper body is attractive to some people.
          Rotation
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Rotation
          Oh, I think the i3 is hideous. But the BMW MINI Cooper body just isn't attractive at all. I didn't realize anyone was buying it for the looks. I thought it was mostly for the size/capability combo.
          Rob Mahrt
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Rotation
          Lol, funny comment. It is more attractive then say.... this... or the i3 : (
          Spec
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Rotation
          Hey, they sell a lot of them. The Mini definitely has mojo.
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