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Review: Chevrolet Spark EV

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is a pure electric five-door urban minicar designed for fun, gas- and emissions-free driving, and easy ownership. When fully charged, its combined city/highway EPA-estimated range of 82 miles and EPA-estimated city/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent and like the Nissan Leaf, the Spark EV won’t move once the battery is drained.

Three levels of recharging capability include the industry’s first use of the SAE combo charger for DC fast charging, which charges 80 percent of the battery in just 20 minutes. Charging also can be completed in less than seven hours using a dedicated 240V charger and about 20 hours using the standard 120V charger.

The four-passenger Spark EV is generously equipped and available in 1LT and 2LT trim levels. For 2016, Spark EV exterior colors include Electric Blue, Silver Ice, Black Granite (extra charge), Summit White, Salsa (2LT only) and Lime (2LT only).

Please read our other Chevrolet Electric Cars reviews.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Spark EV
  • First available: May 2013
  • Next Upgrade: January 2016
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 4
  • Range: 82 miles 130 km
  • Price: $25,995
    Price: €24'100
    Price: £20'830

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 19-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charge time

    • DC fast charging – charges 80% of the battery in just 20 minutes
    • less than 7 hours – 240V charger
    • about 20 hours – 120V charger

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Standard Chevrolet MyLink provides a seven-inch-diagonal color touch-screen that shows critical vehicle EV functions and connects with the owner’s smartphone for infotainment
  • Standard OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3GB trial period)
  • Way Point Navigation

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

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