Remember us telling you about the Chevrolet Spark EV? Well, the official EPA estimates are in, and it looks like the electrified Spark will go roughly 82 miles on a single charge, achieving an economy rating of 119 MPGe.
According to a Chevrolet press release, the Spark EV could “potentially save its owners up to $9,000 in fuel cost over five years.” We noted in our previous coverage that the Spark EV was expected to cost less than $25,000 after tax incentives. If you take Chevrolet at their word on the fuel savings, that certainly makes the Spark EV an interesting commuter car proposition for some folks. The release’s headline called the Spark EV the “most efficient U.S. retail vehicle.” It is scheduled to go on sale in California and Oregon this summer.
GM Executive Chief Engineer for Electrified Vehicles Pam Fletcher said, “Being able to provide our customers with the best overall efficiency of any retail EV has always been a key target for the Spark EV engineering team. We’re poised to deliver to the market an EV that’s not just efficient, but also thrilling to drive thanks to the 400 lb-ft torque output of its electric motor.”
That torque figure is not so far off from the monster, gas-swilling Chrysler 300 SRT8 hot rod we tested recently. You know, just to give you a little perspective. While the 300 SRT8 could do 0-60 MPH in just a hair under 5 seconds, the Spark EV will do it in “under 8 seconds,” according to Chevrolet, which ain’t too shabby for a car that doesn’t require premium fuel like the 300 SRT8 did.
Chevrolet says the Spark EV has a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that carries a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The car will be the first on the market in the U.S. to offer the SAE combo charger for DC fast charging capability, albeit the combo charger will be an optional accessory. So equipped, the Spark EV can recharge its battery to within 80% of its full capacity in 20 minutes or less, Chevrolet says.
Charging via a 240V charger can top up the car in less than seven hours, while charging via a standard 120V line will take much longer– though Chevrolet did not specify exactly how long in is release.
If the eight year, 100,000-mile battery warranty doesn’t ease your mind about reliability, Chevrolet is hoping its rigorous testing of the Spark EV will. Quoth the release:
The GM designed oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor is the heart of the Spark EV’s propulsion system. Putting more than half a million road miles on development versions of the Spark EV enabled engineers to make the performance of the electric motor the best it could be by using a bar wound copper stator and unique rotor configuration.
Car and EV nerds that we are around here, we hope the Spark goes on sale in additional states soon– and maybe, just maybe, we can get behind the wheel of one.