The petite Chevrolet Spark EV jumps on the electric-vehicle bandwagon this year—and delivers far better performance than its gas-powered counterpart. The Spark wears its new power source so well, one wonders whether it wasn’t meant to be a plug-in all along.
What's New for 2014
The Spark EV makes its debut for 2014 in California and Oregon, two states with public charging stations. Time will tell if there’s sufficient demand for a nationwide rollout. The electric powerplant is all-new and will likely find its way into other GM products.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Spark EV
The Spark can travel up to 82 miles on a single charge, which is slightly better than most mainstream EVs. Performance is profoundly better thanks to the motor’s 140 horsepower and stout 400 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph happens in about 7.6 seconds, which is unheard of in a micro car, electric or otherwise. The electric Spark will leave the gas-powered Spark in its dust.
The Spark EV also gets more standard equipment than the regular Spark, which helps justify its higher price. Buyers have two trim levels from which to choose: