2014 Chevy Spark EV Priced at Under $25,000

By · November 28, 2012

Chevy Spark EV

General Motors describes the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV as "an affordable five-door urban mini car designed to make the trip as electrifying as the destination." But affordability is a relative term. GM now clarifies the pricing issue by announcing that the Spark EV will be priced under $25,000—after the $7,500 federal tax incentive. The Spark's actual sticker price (prior to incentives) compares to the pre-incentive price of the Nissan LEAF at $35,200 and the Mitsubishi at $29,125.

The 2014 Spark EV's motor produces 130 horsepower and instantaneous torque of approximately 400 pound-feet. GM says it will go from 0 to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. The Spark EV will be the first vehicle to feature the SAE combo charger, which allows for DC Fast Charging of up to 80 percent of battery capacity in roughly 20 minutes. GM says the Spark's 20-kwh lithium-ion battery is capable of handling multiple DC Fast Charges daily and should provide the Spark EV with more than 70 miles of range.

While GM claims the range and other features of the Spark EV will lead the segment, the field of small electric commuter vehicles (such as the Mitsubishi i and Smart Electric Drive) is limited—and its sales to date have been negligible.

The 2014 Chevy Spark EV will arrive in showrooms throughout California in summer 2013. After that, expect the Spark EV to go on sale in Oregon, Canada, South Korea and other global markets.

Comments

· · 2 years ago

Chevy did a very nice job cleaning up the Mack Truck front grill found on the gasoline Sparks. As with the Volt, I think they could replace the bare metal mesh-patterned grill inserts with smooth ones, painted to match the rest of the car's exterior.

More importantly, the Spark EV appears to be a good balance of features and technology at a competitive price point. Bring it on!

Note to Chevy: the remainder of the United States, beyond California and Oregon, is a fairly significant and deserving "other global market."

:-)

· Iletric (not verified) · 2 years ago

70-mile range is a step backward. Are they actually doing any research what customer wants?

Too bad, Sparky. Not for me.

· Spec (not verified) · 2 years ago

It is definitely better than the Mitsubishi-i but not as big as the Leaf. So I think they properly priced it right between the two. Personally, I think I'd take this over the Leaf.

· Jesse Gurr (not verified) · 2 years ago

With a smaller battery and a worse drag coefficient than the Focus Electric and Leaf, I don't really think the range will go over 70 miles. It weighs about 3000 lbs, thats only 300 lbs less than the Leaf

· · 2 years ago

Yeah agreed with the other posters that we need BIG BATTERIES.

I could care less about fast chargers, big level 2 chargers, I have a Tesla Roadster and 30 amps is all that I ever need. Since I have to sleep, I dont care that it takes hours to charge. The one thing I need is a BIG BATTERY. How can I drive an electric in the wintertime otherwise?

Porsche comes out with a, in my mind, silly SUV. Way over $100k and still goes 15 miles? They're kidding!

And this is with everyone complaining all the battery factories are closing due to lack of orders... Well, put some batteries in the cars and forget these microscopic things.

Didn't the 1904 Baker Electric have something like 105 mile range? Baker understood if you're going to drive an electric car, you might want to actually go somewhere. And this was 108 years ago when lack of range could have been considered a bit of an excuse.

Tesla, unfortunately, is the only company that got it. But they don't get it as to standards or all the emphasis on performance and supercharging... But that's just me.

· David Martin (not verified) · 2 years ago

GM are using LiFePo chemistry on this battery with a full liquid cooling system.
This combination means that you are likely to get decent range for the life of the car, unlike the Leaf, which uses manganese spinel and degrades swiftly.
Kudos GM.
Their engineering is fundamentally better than that of Nissan.

· Spec (not verified) · 2 years ago

@Bill It is easy to put in big batteries . . . Just pick up the top of the line Tesla Model S. The problem is that most people don't have $100K to drop on a car.

So the trick is to find the right mix of battery size/aerodynamics/style/weight/etc. that people want. 70 miles is certainly disappointing but it is good enough for a commuter vehicle for now. I'm sure they want to get it up past 100 miles and that may come if/when battery prices drop.

That 1904 Baker electric probably had a top speed of 18 mph or so. We are expecting these cars to go 70mph and average 50mph or so. It is much more difficult to get good range when you are driving that fast.

· · 2 years ago

I'm a bit puzzled by much of the "only 70 miles?" talk here. Were there some who were suddenly expecting Chevy to be pulling a 100+ range battery out of their hat at this price point and in a car of this size? Most who have been following the Spark EV knew that it would be LiFePO4 batteries in a 20kW-something sized pack.

The news (but looking for 100% confirmation on this) is that the pack is liquid cooled. For us hot climate folks, that's a welcomed sign. This puts it ahead of the Leaf and i, which both rely on passive air cooling on their pack. 4 seats? Makes it a better deal than the 2 seat Smart ED (also with a liquid cooled battery) for about the same price.

And, yes . . . electric cars from a century ago might have had a 100+ mile range. But they couldn't accelerate quickly and/or travel at freeway speeds . . . much less normal urban side street speeds.

I'm wondering how well a 1904 Baker Electric - and its passengers - would fare in an 18mph (top speed) crash with another horseless carriage? My guess is that it would be an ugly scene. The Spark EV, with its 4-star crash rating, would deploy airbags and passengers would probably be relatively unscathed in a similar altercation at 55mph.

Needless to say, there would be absolutely nothing resembling cabin climate control on an electric car from 100 years ago. In-dash satellite radio and Blutooth connectivity? Well . . . you get the point. It's truly and apples/oranges comparison.

· Jesse Gurr (not verified) · 2 years ago

I was hoping they could up the range while being price competitive with the Leaf. Focus Electric has liquid cooling but is a little pricier than what people were expecting, using an existing frame and all. To be competitive, Ford needs to lower its prices a little. It might be expected also, to be more expensive because the Focus is a larger car than the Spark.

· · 2 years ago

I posted this Autospies link on another Plug In Cars thread the other day, but it might as well be displayed here too. Plenty of photos and an illustration of the Spark EV . . .

http://www.autospies.com/news/LA-AUTO-SHOW-2014-Chevrolet-Spark-EV-To-Be...

Also, I found this 2 minute Spark EV animated video produced by Chevy, which confirms the liquid thermal management system on the battery pack and states that "The Spark EV battery can handle multiple DC Fast Charges per day" . . .

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1055201185001?bckey=AQ~~...

Multiple DC Fast Charges per day doesn't make it a long distance freeway traveler, but certainly gives it more in the way of occasional city to city flexibility than anything else in the way of a pure EV in this price range. Hmmm . . .

· · 2 years ago

Ok, well, I guess we buy EV's for different reasons. For me, its no use buying an EV unless it can go at least 40 miles in the spring or fall.

· Modern Marvel Fan (not verified) · 2 years ago

Everyone missed one important attribute of the car. It will be the FASTEST EV under $50k.

With 400ft-lbs of torque, it will blow just about every EV beside Tesla away in performance. It is nice to have a FAST and Affordable EV for once...

· Jason Gregg (not verified) · 2 years ago

I agree with MMF, a 0-60 of around 8 seconds and much cheaper than a Focus makes this a very interesting product. For me slower than 8 second 0-60 times make EV's impractical to a greater degree than their lack of range. I don't want a boat anchor Baker no matter how far it can go.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 2 years ago

I have been following electric cars for years, and there is one thing constant, that being they are always 2 to 3 years away !!!

· · 2 years ago

@Anonymous,
What you don't realize is that they are 2 to 3 years ahead of you (that's why you're following them). If you hurry, maybe you can catch up to one in a decade or so.
:-)

· · 2 years ago

Kinda reminds me of the movie, The Lake House . . .

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410297/plotsummary

But seriously: while the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i or Tesla S might not meet your particular criteria as ideal EVs for any number of reasons, anonymous, they are all generally available today. The EV scene was very different just a couple years ago. That we're hearing about EVs now that should be generally available in another couple of years is possibly frustrating - especially if it's your ideal one - but, otherwise, good news that more are actually on the way.

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