Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Adam Johnston3
Chevy Spark Gets Taken For A Test Drive
August 6th, 2013 by Adam Johnston
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.
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