smart fortwo electric  vs Chevrolet Spark EV 

smart fortwo electric coupe

  • $25k
  • 13 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 122 city 93 hwy
That’s because the electric Smart’s drivetrain never changes gears; as a result, power delivery is perfectly smooth.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT

  • $27k
  • 0.0L Plug-in EV
  • 128 city 109 hwy
. 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)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of coupe vs 1LT


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of fortwo electric vs Spark EV

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

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

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

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

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

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

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of smart fortwo electric

Reasons to consider the
smart fortwo electric coupe

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Way shorter charge time on 240V 4 hours vs 7 hours Around 45% faster charge time
Higher battery specific energy 98.9 Watt-hour/kg vs 83 Watt-hour/kg Around 20% higher; suggests a more advanced battery
Car-autoblog-first view of Chevrolet Spark EV

Reasons to consider the
Chevrolet Spark EV 1LT

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More powerful motor 104 kW vs 55 kW Around 90% more powerful electric motor; will accelerate faster
Regenerative braking axles Front vs None Supports regenerative-braking
Higher EPA highway mileage 109 MPGe vs 93 MPGe More than 15% better on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$25,000 3.9¢/mile smart fortwo electric
Chevrolet Spark EV $27,010 3.5¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The smart fortwo electric is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Chevrolet Spark EV only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
smart fortwo electric Chevrolet Spark EV
Price $5,000 ($25,000) $5,402 ($27,010)
Fuel $586 (24 MWh) $528 (21 MWh)
City 122 MPGe 128 MPGe
Highway 93 MPGe 109 MPGe
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Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs


fortwo electric  vs
Spark EV 
Brand smart Chevrolet
Body style
Model year 2013 2014
City range 76 miles 88 miles
Highway range 59 miles 75 miles
MSRP $25k $27k
Annual cost $5,585 $5,930

power & handling

Max HP 74 HP 130 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 27.03 lb/hp 22.99 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 28.7 feet 33.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension DeDion axle, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers Beam
Front brakes 11 in Disc 10.12 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 8 in Drum 10.12 in Disc
Front wheel width 155 185
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 55

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Rear side
Rear side w/head
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks N/A Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 59.6 in 64 in
Front track width 50.51 in 55.5 in
Height 61 in 62.6 in
Length 98.4 in 146.5 in
Wheelbase 73.5 in 93.5 in
Curb weight 2,000 lb 2,989 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 2 4
Front seat room 45 ft³ 49 ft³


fortwo electric  vs
Spark EV 
EPA smog score 10 10
EPA GHG score 10 10
Combined CO2/mile 0 g 0 g

engine & drivetrain

Air compressor None None
Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable Traditional
Transmission Automatic 2WD 1-speed Automatic 2WD
240V charge time 4 hours 7 hours
Motor output 55 kW 104 kW
Battery specific energy 98.9 Watt-hour/kg 83 Watt-hour/kg
Regenerative braking axles

stereo & entertainment

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


Cruise control Optional, $300 Standard
Front A/C Standard N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Standard N/A
Navigation system Optional, $1,290, 6.5 in N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering N/A N/A
Power windows Standard Standard
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