In 1997, GM released its first purely electric vehicle to the public: The EV1. While the EV1 was undoubtedly a technological marvel, its 2-seat configuration and limited real-world range meant that its practicality was limited. For its second foray into the pure-electric market, GM took a much simpler approach: adapting an existing vehicle to consume electrons rather than unleaded.
This approach means that the Chevrolet Spark EV can position itself as one of the least expensive electric vehicles on sale, with a base price of under $30,000. In the Spark EV, the standard 1.2-liter gas engine is replaced with a 105 kW electric motor, which Chevy claims is good for a range of 82 miles. In addition, since the Spark EV retains the standard car’s interior dimensions and rear seat, buyers can enjoy both economy and practicality.