2014 Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT Automatic Sedan FWD 

  • $27k
  • 0.0L Plug-in EV
  • 128 city 109 hwy
9.9 Out of 10
$27,010
 
. Recalibrated springs, dampers, and suspension components strive to make good on Chevy's promise that the Spark EV is “fun to drive,” and they mostly succeed—the handling felt pleasantly balanced and responsive on Portland's curving parkway roads, the steering a little sharper than in the gas model, if still lacking in feel.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
motor torque and power profiles can be designed for one or the other depending on application - the Spark EV is definitely after torque.
by MotorTrend

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Chevrolet Spark EV

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Spark EV 1LT
9.7
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Spark EV 1LT
10.0
EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

Spark EV 1LT
10.0
EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

Spark EV 1LT
10.0
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

9.9

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Spark EV 1LT
9.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Chevrolet Spark EV

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

Spark EV 1LT
10

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Spark EV 1LT
10

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Spark EV 1LT
$5,930

Driving Range on a Charge How far can you go before you need to recharge?

Spark EV 1LT
88 miles
C-Max Energi SEL
21 miles
Chevrolet Volt
40 miles

Time to Charge Battery From zero to ready to go, charging time in hours.

Spark EV 1LT
7 hours
C-Max Energi SEL
2.5 hours

Range Gained Per Hour of Charging How quickly the car regains driving range.

Spark EV 1LT
12 miles

Reviews Word on the street for the Chevrolet Spark EV

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Performance

The result is a small car with an impressive output of 140 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
by AutoBlog (Jul, 2013)
Twarog assures the torque curve is very flat, meaning the motor is highly tractable and suitable for a wide range of driving behaviors.
by MotorTrend
The Spark EV packs a powerful punch with a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque coming from its electric motor.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)

Handling

I'm under the impression the electrically assisted steering is still under development.
by MotorTrend
The steering is accurate on-center at low speeds, but final judgment is reserved until a more comprehensive drive is performed.
by MotorTrend
Thanks to its small size and low weight, the Chevy Spark feels zippy and nimble.
by KBB (Jun, 2013)

Interior

The Spark EV's display does introduce a new "confidence gauge" feature, which provides an expected range as well as a minimum and maximum range if the vehicle is driven most and least efficiently.
by AutoBlog (Jul, 2013)
It also told us we'd used 13 percent of the battery's full capacity for the climate control, cooling the cabin to 74 degrees when it was in the high 80s outside.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2013)
Throughout the day, this gauge proved to be a useful tool, as it accurately showed the expected available range based on driving style and surrounding road conditions.
by AutoBlog (Jul, 2013)

Powertrain

For starters, the Spark EV has no trouble getting out of the hole, and the manufacturer-quoted 0-60 mph time of fewer than 8 seconds is a huge leap from the 11.3 seconds we extracted from a Spark gasser with the five-speed manual.
by MotorTrend
I'll paraphrase his noteworthy remark: While the plain-Jane, 84-horsepower, 1.2-liter Spark (with rear drum brakes and optional four-speed automatic) isn't the model of a technically advanced car, its battery-electric variant is - in spades.
by MotorTrend
Fortunately, the packaging of the battery takes up about the same amount of space as the conventional Spark's fuel tank and exhaust system, so passenger space is not affected.
by AutoBlog (Jul, 2013)

Torque

The Spark EV doesn't have just instant torque, it has gobs of instant torque.
by AutoBlog (Jul, 2013)
Offering motive force through the single-speed reduction transaxle, the motor is preliminarily rated for more than 134 horsepower and around 400 lb-ft of torque.
by MotorTrend
The balance of the Spark EV is surprisingly good – the car has a 52/48 weight distribution – and the steering is downright commendable, with good weight and a surprising lack of torque steer when trying to send all 400 lb-ft from the motor to the front wheels.
by AutoBlog (Jul, 2013)

In The News From around the web

The steering wheel could be uncomfortable for some people, but it’s something that we all have to deal with on other cars anyway.
Peformance numbers are awesome Classy looking interior Handling is better than we thought Limited range Exterior looks could be better Competitive market gallery: Chevrolet Spark EV.
16
Nov

First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

by Ronald Ahrens |
AutomobileMag News
It launched with a whir that one might hear from insects deep in a rainforest, and cruised with just faint powertrain noise and some rumbling from the tires.
Driving with the strong push we've learned to expect of electrics, the Spark EV showed why it can achieve 0 to 60 mph in about eight seconds.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Chevrolet
Body style Sedan
Model year 2014
City range 88 miles
Highway range 75 miles
MSRP $27k
Annual cost $5,930

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 0.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 1-speed Automatic 2WD
240V charge time 7 hours
Motor output 104 kW
Battery specific energy 83 Watt-hour/kg
Regenerative braking axles Front

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 10.12 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.12 in Disc
Front wheel width 185 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints No
Airbags
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Rear side
  4. Driver
  5. Passenger
  6. Side
  7. Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 64 in
Front track width 55.5 in
Height 62.6 in
Length 146.5 in
Wheelbase 93.5 in
Curb weight 2,989 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 4 seats
Front seat room 49 ft³
Rear seat room 38 ft³

emissions

EPA smog score 10
EPA GHG score 10
Combined CO2/mile 0 g
Lifetime CO2 emissions 0 tons

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.62 m³
CO2 per car made 0.88 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,300 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 285 kg

power & handling

Max HP 130 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 22.99 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.8 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio N/A
CD player N/A
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard
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