Chevrolet Spark EV Full ReviewNovember 27, 2012
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV has been revealed, priced at under $25,000 (in North America) with tax incentives.
With the Volt, Chevrolet accounts for more than 50 percent of all plug-in electric vehicle sales in the United States and the Spark EV builds on Chevrolet’s proven electric motor and battery development programmes.
When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV is expected to have one of the best EV battery ranges in its segment and be the first EV to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability enabling the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes.
The Spark EV is powered by an advanced electric motor and battery system. It consists of a GM-designed, coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 130 hp (110 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque for instant acceleration; and a more than 20-kWh lithium ion battery is expected to provide among the best EV range performance in its segment.
The Spark EV’s long-life battery is designed to be safe, durable and reliable, and is warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles. It consists of a 254 kg square lithium-ion battery pack with a volume of 133 litres, comprising 336 prismatic cells.
The Spark EV is the first all-electric vehicle in North America to offer optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, which can charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes. A common on-board charging receptacle accommodates all three charging platforms – DC Fast Charge, AC 240V and AC 120V.
Using a dedicated 240V outlet, Spark EV recharges in less than 7 hours. Owners can coordinate charging according to departure time or during off-peak electricity rates. They also can manage and monitor the vehicle remotely via computer at OnStar.com or with a special Chevrolet Mobile App powered by OnStar Remote Link. The Spark EV comes with three years of standard OnStar service.
In addition to previously announced markets including California and South Korea, the Spark EV will also go on sale in participating dealerships throughout Oregon, Canada and other global markets. Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California.