2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 13, 2012
FAST FACTS
  • Priced under $25,000 after tax incentives
  • 130 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Accelerates to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds
  • Optional fast-charger delivers 80% charge in 20 minutes
  • "Confidence Gauge" displays range based on driving style
  • Electric motor and drive unit made in the USA
  • 3 free years of OnStar service is standard
  • Chevy MyLink technology with Internet radio, BringGo navigation, Siri personal assistant compatibility

Introduction

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is a 5-door hatchback with an electric powertrain. In North America, it will be offered in limited quantities to residents of California, Oregon and Canada. Chevrolet says that after federal tax incentives, the price of the car will drop below $25,000.

Exterior Features

The new 2014 Spark EV is equipped with aerodynamic enhancements that Chevrolet claims will amount to an extra 2.5 miles of range per charge. Perhaps the most noticeable modification compared with the standard Spark is the restyled front fascia with a "grille" that is closed off with silver trim.

Chevrolet plans to offer the new Spark EV in Electric Blue, Black Granite, Summit White, Silver Ice, and Titanium paint colors. Jalapeno Green is not available on the "greenest" version of Chevy's microcar.

Interior Features

Trimmed in unique Electric Blue and chrome accents, the 4-passenger Spark EV's cabin includes two high-resolution, 7-inch color LCD screens that can be configured to display specific data as desired by the driver. A "Confidence Gauge" shows the Spark EV's remaining range, based on past driving habits and other conditions, with the intention of providing realistic expectations for how far the car can go before visiting an electrical outlet.

Optional Features

Available shortly after the 2014 Chevy Spark EV goes on sale, an optional DC Fast Charge system provides an 80% battery charge in just 20 minutes. Chevrolet says the Spark EV will be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC fast-charging capability, and that the vehicle's electric powertrain is engineered to handle multiple DC Fast Charges each day.

Under the Hood

The new Chevy Spark EV is equipped with a coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together produce 130 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Like other electric vehicles, the torque is available the moment the driver steps on the accelerator, and as a result the Spark EV accelerates to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds, according to Chevy.

The 560-pound Lithium-ion battery pack offers more than 20 kWh of power, and Chevrolet claims it is expected to provide among the best EV range performance in its segment. Final range estimates are not available as this preview is written.

The 2014 Spark EV fully recharges in 7 hours when a 240-volt power outlet is used. The car can also be connected to a standard 120-volt household outlet, but Chevrolet declines to state how long a full charge takes when using one.

Technology

OnStar telematics service is standard on the 2014 Spark EV, and a free subscription to service is included for the first 3 years of ownership. Additionally, Chevy MyLink technology is offered, and it includes BringGo navigation, the ability to stream Internet radio from a variety of providers, and Siri personal assistant functionality when an iPhone 4S or newer is paired to the system.

Spark EV owners can schedule, manage and monitor vehicle recharging using the OnStar website or an OnStar-powered mobile application. This allows the ability to schedule recharging when off-peak electricity rates are in effect, and to check charging status prior to departure.

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