The EPA has just released official efficiency and range details for GM's upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, earning the all-electric micro-car the title of 'most-efficient electric car in the country'. The Spark EV, coming to California and Oregon dealers in late-2013 with pre-orders open now, is rated at 119 combined MPGe, just edging out the Fiat 500e, Honda Fit EV, Mitubishi i-MiEV and Nissan LEAF. As for range, you'll be able to drive around 82 miles, the EPA says, which is about average for the class.
Based on the surprise-hit Chevy Spark micro-car, the Spark EV comes with seating for four, modest cargo capacity and 10 standard airbags. It's also quicker to 60 mph than other entry-level EVs at under 8 seconds, thanks to a powerful 100 kW electric drive system and light weight.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Quick Facts
Base MSRP: $32,495 (before EV Federal/State tax credits)
Availability: California/Oregon pre-orders open now, nationwide rollout begins late-2013
EPA Efficiency: 119 city/highway combined MPGe
EPA Range: Approximately 82 miles
Charge Time: 7 hours from 240V home quick-charge, 80% charge in 20 minutes with SAE Combo DC Fast Charging
Electric Motor: 100 kW (130 horsepower) oil-cooled permanent-magnet motor
Battery Pack: 21 kWh
0-60 mph: Under 8 seconds