The Chevrolet Spark EV is one of the better of the current crop of cheap, small, short-range, EVs. It offers 131 km of range, and a stylish interior for the price. There are slashes of body-colour accents, a column cluster with bright colour display, another 7.0-inch screen for infotainment and your battery use. With a curb weight of just over 1300 kg it has quick and nimble handling, and a 0-100 km/h time of under 8.0-seconds, making it the quickest of the low-cost EVs. The electric motor makes 141 hp and a by-far-best-in-class 327 lb-ft of torque and helps the Spark to be downright zippy in city traffic. Changes to the charger means that when plugged into the right socket, it can get an 80% charge in 20 minutes. The lithium ion battery is packaged in a way that means no interior space is lost versus the gas car. It's more usable than a Smart ED, more powerful then Nissan Leaf, more a real car than a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and cheaper than a BMW i3. It really hits the market in a good place, and shows that driving an EV doesn't have to be a penalty box.
The Spark EV is available in 1LT and 2LT trims. Both get 10 airbags, a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio, tilt steering, power mirrors, 15-inch alloys, air conditioning, OnStar, and power windows. 2LT adds leatherette seats and steering wheel. Does it have every option in the book? No, but it’s well equipped and more options just add more weight and take away more range.
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