Chevy Spark EV Gets 82 Mile, 119 MPGe Rating


chevy-spark-ev-4It has been more than a decade since General Motors produced an electric vehicle for the public to buy or lease, and there is a lot riding on the Chevy Spark EV. While some may claim it is nothing more than a “compliance car”, the 82 mile rating combined with 400 ft-lbs of torque shows GM is at least serious enough to keep pace with the competition, if not exceed it.

The Chevy Spark will utilize a 21 kWh battery pack provided by the former A123 Systems (now called B456), and under the EPA testing cycle this pack provides an average of 82 miles per charge. While the Fiat 500E gets 87 miles per charge, the Nissan Leaf gets just 73, and the Honda Fit EV is rated at the same 82 miles per charge. Par for course here. However, the 119 MPGe rating puts it one MPGe above the Fiat 500E, making it the “most efficient” EV on the market by that measure. GM claims to have a 200 mile EV in the works as well, but that is still years out.

But what could set the Chevy Spark EV apart from the competition is cost. The Fiat 500E costs $32,500 before tax breaks, and the Honda Fit EV can only be leased for $400 a month right now. GM has hinted that after tax incentives, the Chevy Spark EV could be had for as little as $25,000 or even less, making it more affordable than the first-generation Nissan Leaf (which has since seen its MSRP drop by thousands of dollars).

What excites me the most is that the Spark EV will have an electric motor making 130 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque, allowing it to zip from 0-60 mph in under 8 seconds. While not sports car fast, that is more akin to the acceleration of a stand, gas-powered car than most EVs. Could be a fun ride, but I’m still waiting to see the price tag before giving it my blessing.

Read the full press release on the next page.

Source: GM

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  • The Chevy Spark should be no more than $25k before the tax credit. This would make it $17,500 after. If you are talking $25k after the credit, then it is a $32k car. Why not get a Volt for a few k more with better looks, larger, and unlimited range.
    I am not too far off either. The regular Spark starts at $12,185 MSRP. Put in a $12,000 battery. Then take away the gas motor, exhaust, transmission and all the technical stuff related to gas motors and put in an electric motor with all the electronics and stuff that go with EV’s. This part should be a wash. $25k should be it.

  • t_

    I was thinking the same. 25K after the incentives means 32K before. The same as the Fiat 500 EV. A little bit less than the Leaf and the Leaf is deffinitely better. 25 or not more than 27K before the incentives should be a winner-for-all combination. Good for the client, altho a price tag is paid, goog for GM in two ways – profit and more EV’s sold because of the lower price(meaning more profit). And the byuer will probbably acheive lower total cost of ownership when the car dies(8-10years).

  • Good on GM! Fast off the line not counting so much now as far and far not all that important – ‘adequate’ is the rule? not for your long diatance highway cruises – after all, that’s the domaine of electric bullet trains, as found in Europe, Japan and China and coming to a town near you, very soon.

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