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Published on July 20th, 2013 | by Guest Contributor

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Consumer Reports: Chevy Spark Gas vs Chevy Spark EV



This article originally published on Gas2
by Christopher DeMorro

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Since the demise of the EV1, General Motors has stayed away from pure electric cars. The Chevy Spark EV is its first attempt at a battery electric vehicle in about a decade, and once again GM has built an EV worth owning. In fact Consumer Reports even prefers the all-electric Spark to the gas-powered version GM also sells.

What Consumer Reports loves the most about the Chevy Spark EV is the 400 ft-lbs of torque, which makes the little electric car quite fun to drive. Unlike the gas-powered version, which has just 84 horsepower and 83 ft-lbs of torque from a 1.2 liter engine, the Spark EV has more get-up-and-go. Consumer Reports also notes that the Spark EV is a lot quieter than the normal Spark, another benefit.

Priced at just $27,495 the Spark EV is also surprisingly affordable, and can be had for well under $20,000 with applicable state and Federal tax rebates. A full charge is typically good for up to 82 miles of driving, though the lack of an onboard charging system means the Spark can take 7 hours or more to recharge.

With rising EV sales and more affordable options than ever, are electric cars finally coming into their own?

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  • PaulScott58

    The article states, “A full charge is typically good for up to 82 miles of driving, though the lack of an onboard charging system means the Spark can take 7 hours or more to recharge.”

    The car does have an on-board charger. If it didn’t, you couldn’t charge it at all. The Level 2 SAE connector that all modern EVs (except Tesla) use allows for charging from any L2 station in the country. In addition, the Sparc I drove last week had the SAE Level 3 port which allows the vehicle to be charged in as little as half an hour from a Level 3 charger. Currently, there are no L3 chargers installed anywhere in the U.S.

    The Sparc is indeed quick. I sell the Nisan LEAF, and our car is quite fast as well, but the Sparc will clean its clock.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Good info, but a question on the L3 chargers.

      This map shows over 100 DC rapid chargers (set the filter to DC Quick Charge). Are those not L3s?

      http://carstations.com/#

      Sounds like the Spark might cause Nissan to step up their game. That’s good news. We need competition to drive range up and cost down.

      • PaulScott58

        Bob, the DC chargers you see on the map are “Chademo” DC quick chargers. They are a different type from the SAE Level 3 units. There are thousands of Chademo in Japan and several hundred here in the U.S. The Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi iMiEV use this standard. SAE created a competing standard for the U.S. and some Euro EVs, but to date, not a single unit has been installed. Both standards use 480 volt, 3 phase power, so manufacturers can install one unit with both connectors to serve all EVs.

  • arne-nl

    Well, since this week I have my own affordable EV: the Renault Zoe. I am really curious about how the Spark EV compares to the Zoe.

    You can read about my adventures with my Zoe (and more of my ever more electricity-focused lifestyle) on my blog.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Congrats. Keep us posted.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Awesome stuff. Let me know of that content can be reposted or if you like to discuss something else along such lunes. zach (at) importantmedia.org

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      and would also love to get your opinion on this app if you are checking it out: http://evobsession.com/renault-zoe-ev-gets-ipad-app/

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