2014 Chevrolet Spark EV at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf
  • Looks like: This Spark won't go anywhere near a gas station
  • Drivetrain: Lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor make a total of 130 hp
  • Hits dealerships: Limited quantities this summer in California and Oregon

We first saw the electric version of Chevy's smallest car at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show. The Spark EV is back at the 2012 show, and the automaker confirmed it will go on sale in the summer.

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Chevy's first all-electric car uses a lithium-ion battery pack to power the motor; the automaker says it's good for 130 horsepower. An onboard charging receptacle accommodates 120- and 240-volt outlets as well as DC quick-charging. Using the latter, the Spark's battery can reach an 80% charge in 20 minutes, according to the automaker. Using a 240-volt setup, the Spark EV can be recharged in less than seven hours, Chevy reports. It can be charged and monitored using a smartphone app or online through OnStar; it comes with three years of standard OnStar service.

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The car's range, however, is less clear. The automaker said the EV "is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment." Chevy spokeswoman Annalisa Bluhm couldn't elaborate, saying only that the automaker is still testing the range. The Spark EV's closest competitor, the tiny Mitsubishi i-MiEV, has an EPA-estimated range of 62 miles.

Inside, the Spark EV has two 7-inch color screens. One is for the standard MyLink multimedia system, and the other reports functions like driving range. Outside, several EV-specific new colors are available: Electric Blue, Black Granite, Summit White, Silver Ice and Titanium.

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The Spark EV goes on sale in limited quantities in Oregon and California this summer. There's no word yet on when it will be available in more markets.

GM didn't announce specific pricing but did say "it will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives." The current federal tax credit is $7,500, and some states offer additional electric-car incentives. Before the tax credit, the i-MiEV starts at $29,975, including destination.

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Comments 

Steve 2

California can keep 'em.

Volume Van

Its priced too high, luckily the # of EV charging station count has crossed 14,000 and this will be good for upcoming EVs / Plugins.

Any info about the range.

J

About 90 miles on a full charge.

Cars.com did not mention the fact that this puppy has 400 lb-ft of torque.

j traveler

another car added to the range anxiety niche. using the 120 charger would equate to less than 14 hours for a complete charge would mean stay home on your actual day off or calling out on an actual work day.

Zashra

When people think of alternative or sustainable fuel vehicles, they typically think of the Toyota Prius or just hybrids in general. But hybrids aren’t truly sustainable or alternative vehicles, the electricity still comes from coal powered plants and the gasoline is still a fossil fuel. However, there is one fuel source that is not only clean but also renewable and thus sustainable, this fuel is Natural gas. Natural gas can be mined from the ground like oil or produced via microbial digestion of organic matter. It has similar properties to gasoline but produces only 2% of the harmful pollutants. This makes it an invaluable alternative fuel source that could replace gasoline within a few years, should it gain popularity.

Rich

@Zashra - Natural gas is also a fossil fuel. It also takes lots of electricity to extract natural gas from the earth. Once it is extracted more fossil fuels (mainly diesel, a heavy air polluting fuel) and electricity must be used to transport and contain natural gas. Not all electricity comes from coal power. Nuclear, hydro-electric, thermal-electric, solar, and wind power are also contributers.

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