Introduced ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. The Spark EV builds on the proven electric motor and battery development programs used in the Chevrolet Volt. This puts it more expensive than the $21,625 for a Mitsubishi i and close to the Nissan Leaf’s $27,700 price (and perhaps above the 2013 American built Nissan Leaf).
Initial roll out areas for the 2014 Spark EV include California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea.
Based on the gasoline powered Chevy Spark EV, engineers evaluated every detail and were able to increase the Spark’s aerodynamics resulting in approximately 2.5 real world range improvements – we assume this means if these things were changed on the Spark gasoline, the range would increase by 2.5 miles as well?
Although no specific details were given as to the range one could expect from the Chevy Spark EV, Chevrolet did say the “Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment…” The Chevy SPark EV comes with a 110kW (130hp) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack greater than 20kWh. The long-life battery is warranted for 8 years or 100,000 miles and weighs 560 pounds and is comprised of 336 prismatic cells. According to Pamela Fletcher, executive chief engineer of electrified vehicles at Chevrolet, the Spark EV’s battery has undergone more than 200,000 hours of testing.
The Chevy Spark EV will be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC fast charging capability that will enable it to reach 80% charge in 20 minutes. Using a dedicated 240V outlet, Spark EV owners can fully recharge their vehicle in less than 7 hours.
The 2014 Chevy Spark EV will come in Electric Blue, Black Granite, Summit White, Silver Ice, and Titanium.