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Chevy Spark EV under $25K With Tax Incentives

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Chevrolet debuts the Chevy Spark EV at the L.A. Auto Show this week

General Motors showed the production version of its Chevy Spark EV this week at the L.A. Auto Show. GM says it will start at less than $25,000 MSRP when tax incentives are taken into consideration. (Photo courtesy General Motors.)

The Chevy Spark EV will hit the market with a price tag under $25,000 after tax incentives, according to General Motors.

Introduced at this week’s Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Spark EV will initially be available only in target markets in California, Oregon, Canada, South Korea, and “other global markets,” according to the GM press release.

GM North America President Mark Reuss said, “When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mph in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas.” That acceleration rate is similar to many family sedans large and small, and is remarkably better than the gasoline-powered Spark’s 12-second run to 60 mph.

When you might miss the gas is when the Spark EV drains its battery. Though the quoted quick-charge time of 20 minutes to get back to 80% of battery capacity is just about the fastest such charge rate we know of, GM’s press info on the Spark EV says nothing about expected driving range. That leaves us wondering how often we might need to make those 20-minute recharges during a day of running errands.

Regardless of that, we’d be thankful for the planned updates to the MyLink infotainment system that should help Spark EV drivers keep tabs on their expected range and any nearby charging stations. According to GM’s presser, the MyLink system will keep drivers informed and entertained as well with features such as apps for BringGo navigation, TuneIn global internet radio, Pandora, and Stitcher…and they’re throwing in Apple’s Siri for good measure, if you’re one of those iPhone types.

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  1. this car charges really fast, that is different than other hybrids

    0-60
  2. This car hands down looks like a little pig, but hey it looks much like the Nissan Leaf too.
    I hope the range on this thing is at least 150 miles per charge.

    By the way, if you charge the battery for 20 minutes and get at least 100 miles. That’s really good!

    Considering most EV cars need an overnight charge to get any REAL distance for the day.

    Just a thought.

    Under 25k is good!

    It will depreciated like a rocket in just 2 years and will be MUCH more affordable .

    Ivan