Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Adam Johnston3
Chevy Spark Gets Taken For A Test Drive
This article was first published on EV Obsession.
In limited release, in California and Oregon, the five door compact car (after federal and state tax incentives) goes for $19,995 in California, and $17,795 in Oregon.
Engadget had this to say about the Spark EV’s overall performance:
Overall, we enjoyed driving the Spark EV. It’s a zippy car that’s smoother and more powerful than anything else in its class. Sports mode is particularly entertaining thanks to a revised throttle mapping — it feels downright fast. Handling is sharp and dynamic, as we already mentioned, but Chevy’s also done an excellent job with the ride, which is compliant without being soft — this despite a rather simple torsion beam rear suspension. As is often the case with electric power steering, the setup could benefit from more feedback and precision, but it’s not a deal breaker. The computer modulated brakes could definitely use some tuning, however: there’s a slight delay between pedal application and caliper response at very low speeds which is a little unsettling when you’re accustomed to a more responsive setup. Still, we appreciated the inclusion of a “low gear” which increases the amount of regenerative braking on throttle lift-off.
Engadget is not the only one that has heaped praise on the vehicle. Consumer Reports last month gave it thumbs up, suggesting it’s a “fun, punchy, zippy fun little roundabout,” outperforming its cousin, the Chevy Spark gasmobile.
With the option of charging the vehicle for only twenty minutes (with a special accessory), and strong torque power, the Chevy Spark EV should give consumers who are looking for a a lower cost EV a viable choice.