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Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Tim Tyler

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Now Available In California

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June 25th, 2013 by
 
Editor’s Note: We’ve been long awaiting the release of the Chevy Spark EV. Well, it’s finally hitting dealerships! Actually, a bit early. Will it make as big a splash as the Chevy Volt made? Chime in with your thoughts below. And enjoy this EV Obsession share.

Thanks to an early release by General Motors, EV enthusiasts in California have another electric vehicle to consider. The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is now available at several dealerships across California, and the new EVs are working their way into Oregon and will soon be on the East Coast, as well.

Spark EV

Image: 2014 Chevy Spark EV via Chevrolet

The Chevy Spark EV was expected to be released by the end of summer, but it seems GM just couldn’t wait any longer to get its latest EV to market. The Spark EV is available for purchase for around $27,495 MSRP depending on options (this does not including rebates).

When the tax credit is factored in, you can purchase the car for as low as $19,995, a very  reasonable price. GM is also offering a lease option on the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. You can lease the car for $199 for a three-year lease with $999 down at signing.

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The Spark EV is rated by the EPA at 82 miles of range on a single charge, which meets most drivers’ demands for normal day-to-day commuting. The efficiency rating comes in at 119 MPGe, which set’s a record high in its class, beating all other comparable EV’s on the market.

Here are a few specs for those who like to see the numbers:

  • Starting MSRP: $27,495
  • Range: 82 Miles
  • MPGe 128 City – 109 Highway – 119 Combined
  • 130 hp / 400 lb-ft-torque
  • 0 – 60: 7.6 seconds
  • Charge Time: 7 Hours at 240 Volt
  • Battery Capacity: 21 KWH
  • SAE Combo Quick Charger – Optional

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On Chevrolet’s website, the company does a good job of summing up the cool aspects of this newest addition to the Chevy family. Here is what the Chevrolet Spark EV website says :

“Be electric in the all-new 2014 Spark EV. Put gas stations in your rearview mirror, live outside the boundaries of bus schedules and finally explore the world beyond the last train stop while enjoying the superior electric range offered by Spark EV. Drive gas and tail pipe emissions-free with instant power and surprising performance. Brace yourself for the thrill of 400 ft.-lb. of torque. With a finely tuned ride along with instant torque, you’ll catch yourself smiling every inch of every city mile.”

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  • Others

    Is there any plans for GM to open Supercharging Station Network like Tesla.
    Actually they can install charger in every GM Dealership and this alone will run into 1000′s. Nissan is also doing the same.

    Already there are 18,000 EV charging stations in USA. If every automaker install in their office, dealerships, then EV adoption could quickly accelerate.

    Spark will be GM’s 2nd Electric/plugin vehicle with upcoming Cadillac ELR being the 3rd. Ford already has 3 with C-Max and Fusion Plugins and Focus EV.

    • Bob_Wallace

      They’re going in. The rapid chargers that the Spark can use will be open to all, not limited like Tesla’s chargers. Nissan has been a big mover in getting public chargers in place.

      Fairly soon one should be able to travel from Canada to Mexico in an EV along Interstate 5. Other major travel corridors are being wired.

      Until we get an “affordable” EV able to drive something around 180 miles I don’t think people will do many long distance drives in EVs. The Teslas have enough range to make it feasible.

      Right now what is needed, I think, are enough medium speed chargers spread around so that people don’t worry about getting stranded if they go out for a day of shopping/whatever.

  • Others

    If we fold the rear seat down, the cargo capacity expands from 10 cu. ft. to 23 cu. ft. That’s the big advatage of hatch. GM has chosen the right model. They just used the existing gas version and applied motor and battery in it. So this will be a huge cost saving for the company. Earlier they priced it at 32K, after Leaf reduced the price, GM also reduced the price to 27K.

    As the battery costs go down, the price is also going down.

  • Others

    Excellent. So far we had Model S and Leaf leading the EV sales. Hope Spark-EV will open 3rd front with 1,000 + sales in EV count.

    This is a very relevant compact car being enough for a 4 person household. The person who has the longer commute in the family can use this car and also for all the shopping, club, church, friends place etc.

    This car has the highest MPG among all vehicles @ 118 MPGe.

    It has 86 cu. ft. of passenger space with 10 cu. ft. of trunk space.
    More details in
    http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-ev-electric-vehicle.html

  • Wayne Williamson

    Interesting…the outside view shows two doors and the inside view show 4…which is it?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Perfect!

      A magic car. The looks of a two door and the functionality of a four door.

      On the Spark and Spark EV sites it looks like a four door with the rear door handles located at the rear of the back windows rather than down on the door. Makes for a clean look.

    • Others
    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      interesting catch. i just opened the image bigger and you can (barely) see the linings for the back doors. but obviously hidden by this image. not sure why… cleaner look?

      and as others point out below (thanks for that!), it’s actually a 5-door. :D

  • Marion Meads

    Recently, GM has become the number one company in America for quality. The quality of Spark EV is far superior than the Nissan Leaf. For starters, Spark EV’s liquid thermal management of battery temperature is way better than Nissan Leaf’s air cooled system, especially in Arizona and inland California. Most EV buyers do not know about this, especially if you want to own the car instead of leasing it.

    • Ronald Brakels

      Japan feels awful hot in the summer but that is to a large extent due to the humidity. As cars don’t perspire it’s the absolute rather than the releative temperature that matters and so I would’t be surprised if American EVs end up better able to handle heat than Japanese ones. Heat is something that worries me in Australia. European electric cars suit our current, but may not be able to take our high temperatures. We’ve had a number of problems where good, solid, German engineering has failed due to it being so darn hot here.

  • Detfan1

    The Spark EV should do well relative to the EV market. It matches up well against the Nissan Leaf. Will be hard to get a real gauge with the Spark only selling in California and Oregon for the near future. If it gets to more than a few hundred in sales in those states each month, that would be a good sign.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      we’ll be keeping a close eye on it. it definitely looks like it has good promise.

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