Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Cars

Consumer Reports: Chevy Spark EV Is Better Than Chevy Spark Gasmobile

This article was first published on EV Obsession.

The Chevy Spark EV is a compact electric vehicle with some very unusual characteristics (in a good way).

1. The Chevy Spark EV can recharge in as little as 20 minutes using a special charging accessory.

2. The Chevy Spark EV generates 400 pound-feet of torque (causing brisk acceleration), and 130 horsepower! Electric motors have the potential to generate more torque (in the pound-feet/foot pounds) units than horsepower. However, electric vehicle motors are not usually built like this. But the Chevy Spark EV is, and it is supposed to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 7.5 to 8 seconds.

The Spark motor generates 3 times more pound-feet of torque than it does horsepower. Since most people are not familiar with electric propulsion systems, to put this into perspective: gasoline combustion engines normally generate less torque than they do horsepower.

http://youtu.be/bYlToxn9Mhs

The starting price for the Chevy Spark EV before incentives is $27,495, less than the Nissan Leaf, but it is only to be available in California and Oregon to begin with. In California, with the full federal EV tax credit and the California EV rebate, the car would cost $17,495. In Oregon, federal and state EV incentives could bring the car down to $19,245

As is always the case when shopping for a new vehicle: You should test drive the car and decide whether or not you’re comfortable with it before buying it. The very well respected Consumer Reports crew does this for a living, and it has found that the Chevy Spark EV is actually better than the Chevy Spark gasmobile: “The latest Chevrolet Spark is the most recent EV to attempt to shatter electric cars’ reputation as anemic and inept. And it succeeds, being the best version of this small hatchback.”

That’s quite a statement. And it gets even better:

The Spark EV is General Motors’ entry in the crucial California market to meet that state’s Zero Emissions Vehicle requirement. But it’s also one of the most enjoyable electric cars we’ve driven and a compelling overall package.

Turning the diminutive Spark into an EV transforms it into a punchy, zippy, fun little runabout, a far cry from the conventional, slow noisy and stiff Spark that earned a meager overall score in our tests.

Nice.

If you get a Spark EV or test drive one, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New Podcast: Forecasting EV Sales And EV Battery & Metal Prices — Interview with BloombergNEF's Head of Clean Power Research

Written By

writes on CleanTechnica, Gas2, Kleef&Co, and Green Building Elements. He has a keen interest in physics-intensive topics such as electricity generation, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, energy storage, and geography. His website is: Kompulsa.com.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Cars

Originally published on EV Annex. by: Charles Morris There’s a lot of denial and wishful thinking in the oil and auto fields these days, but...

Autonomous Vehicles

Chevrolet is building up to the rollout of the facelifted Chevy Bolt EV in parallel to the slightly larger Chevy Bolt EUV in the...

Cars

GM is working with its supplier, Magna, to build battery enclosures for its upcoming Hummer EV. The 345,000 square foot facility is expected to...

Cars

The Rise and Rise of the Wuling Mini EV.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.