2014 Chevy Spark EV Priced at Under $25,000
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.
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