The Chevrolet Spark EV is GM's entry into the all-electric market. Unlike its much talked-about Volt, the Spark EV takes Chevy's Korean-made city car and turns it into a silent city runabout with seats for four.
There's a catch, though. Its primary purpose is appeasing California's electric vehicle mandates, and that means you won't find the ultra-efficient -- and surprisingly quick -- microcar anywhere but the Golden State, and Oregon, its neighbor to the north.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the Spark EV gets OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard wifi hotspot, as well as a 3.87 final drive ratio and two new exterior colors.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Spark EV
Unlike many Chevrolets, you won't find a stripped LS trim level -- the Spark EV is offered only in two well-equipped LT variants, starting with the 1LT. It includes the 18.4 kWh lithium ion battery and an electric motor with 327 pound-feet of torque, for 119 MPGe and an estimated range of 82 miles.
Both 120V and 240V chargers are included, as well as 15-inch alloy wheels, 10 air bags, air conditioning, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen radio with six-speaker audio system, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment control and a USB port, cruise control, heated front seats and satellite radio. A fast charger is the only option
The Spark EV 2LT adds features such as leatherette upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The fast charger is also optional at this level.
We'd stick with the 1LT, but considering the 2LT is just a few hundred dollars more, both are excellent choices -- if you happen to be a resident of California or Oregon.