Chevrolet made a big splash with their presentation of the new all-electric Spark EV at this year’s L.A. Auto Show. With a press conference featuring a full stage set, a Chevrolet bow tie logo-shaped screen, and a robot roving across the stage, no bell or whistle was spared announcing Chevrolet’s first all-electric vehicle.
Sharing powertrain components with the already established Volt enabled Chevy to get the Spark EV to market in a shorter period of time. It also gives the Spark EV a known commodity under its hood that won’t have the same amount of kinks to work through that an all-new, from-scratch motor would. The smaller, lighter Spark EV with the Volt’s electric motor will put out 130 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the Spark EV to 60 miles per hour in less than eight seconds. The Spark EV isn’t only going to be an efficient city car—it’s going to be a fun city car.
The Spark EV will be the first car on the market to offer SAE Combo Charging, allowing for fast DC charging. Twelve minutes of fast DC charging will get the battery to 50%; twenty minutes will charge the battery to 80%. This fast-charging ability gives the Spark EV a huge edge over its competition in a growing field. Combine that with the performance numbers, a contemporary interior, and a price that after Federal tax incentives dips below $25,000 and Chevrolet appears to have a potential hit on their hands.
For now the Spark EV will only be available in California and Oregon, but Chevrolet seems to have a global vision for the Spark EV, so with luck consumers all over the United States will be able to take deliveries on it sooner rather than later. Congrats to Chevrolet on a great presentation and an exciting new electric vehicle!
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