Review 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
By Glen Woodcock, Toronto Sun
General Motors has announced that the U.S. pricing of its Chevrolet Spark EV will be $27,495 before federal tax credits. The automaker also says American dealers will be able to offer Spark EV on a monthly lease of $199.
No pricing information has been released by GM Canada. That will come closer to launch later in summer 2013, when the Spark EV initially will be available for fleet sales only in this country. The all-electric subcompact qualifies for provincial government rebates in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
When Spark first goes on sale in the U.S. in June 2013, it will be marketed only by select dealers in California and Oregon.
As in California, Spark EV purchasers in Ontario will be able to drive in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes with only the driver aboard.
GM says the electric version of the four-door city car, will be powered by a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged to 80% capacity in 20 minutes with the optional DC fast charger.
Spark EV has a range of 132 km, certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which also rates its combined fuel economy as equivalent to 2.0 L/100km.
Spark has been available in Canada with a gasoline engine since 2012. With its diminutive 1.25-litre four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission, the gasoline-powered Spark delivers estimated fuel economy of 6.3 L/100km city and 5.1 on the highway according to Natural Resources Canada. Base price of the gasoline version is $11,845.
GM claims Spark EV can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in about 8.0 seconds compared to 11.3 seconds for the gasoline model.