2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Cars.com Review

2014ChevroletSparkEV

The Chevrolet Spark EV offers all you'd expect from a short-range electric commuter car — including some of the drawbacks but also some pleasant surprises. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says the impressive 130 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque from the subcompact's zero-emissions powertrain propel it briskly to highway speeds, while an EPA-estimated 82-mile range falls on the low end of what you may actually get. And while Spark EV drivers need not sacrifice interior comfort for 128-mpg-equivalent fuel economy, handling isn't what you’d call nimble. Read Bragman's review below.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Review

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responder

Very comprehensive review...good information. Aaron, is Chevy giving out any hint on whether folks in the midwest will be able to purchase spark ev anytime soon? This is probably the only electric car I would consider -GM has way more ev experience than anyone else, going back 25 years to the EV 1.

Bill

I will lease this car immediately if you will let me sign the papers. I have a 30 mile bumper to bumper 1 hour and a half commute to Trenton NJ Parking garage I use has a solar charging station upper deck my s10 is taking a beating and can't hold out much longer I need a reliable ride. The Spark is so Perfect it is a dream come true. I have been waiting for too long. We are a GM family always have been always will be no other electric has this value. The Volt is just costs too much right now.

Infosaur

The dirty little secret about why EV's aren't flying out the door has nothing to do with "big oil conspiracy" or "complacent consumers".

It's that the primary customer base for cars like these (urban & suburban dwellers with short, routine driving habits) might NOT have access to overnight plug-in.

You can't run a cord from your Brooklyn Brownstone to your spot on DeKalb Ave. and expect it to be there in the morning (the cord anyway). Even in suburban PA, my apartment complex has centralized parking far from my unit.

It's a shame too, because my mother, my wife and possibly even my sister-in-law would probably sell their gas burners ($4/gal+!) if EV's were practical for them. None of them drive more than 30-40 miles per day, but none of them own garages.

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