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.