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2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/29/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV is now available with two new exterior colors, Salsa and Lime, 4G LTE connection via OnStar (a subscription is available after a trial), and 3.87 final drive ratio, replacing the 3.17 ratio from the previous model year.

Research

UPDATE- April 2015: The base price of the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV has been dropped to $26,820 including destination. Learn more in the Motor Trend news post here.

Vehicle Summary

Powered by an electric motor producing 140 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, the Chevrolet Spark EV uses a single-speed transmission and is the electric variant of the Spark city car. It has an EPA-rated range of up to 82 miles on a single charge and is only available in select states including California, Maryland, and Oregon.

Overview

While it doesn't have the range of the gas-powered Chevrolet Spark, the Spark EV is a better performer in a straight line, since it has more power and torque, which are available from 0 rpm. The Spark EV is better in the city, as it gets skittish and feels out of its element at highway speeds. Its brakes are also a weak point, since the transition from regenerative braking to the mechanical brake discs isn't smooth.

What We Think

For green-minded consumers with a short commute, the Chevrolet Spark EV is a good choice since it has decent range and has good driving dynamics. In a 2014 First Test review, we said the car handles well and easy to drive in the city thanks to its torque-rich electric motor.

You'll Like

  • Torquey electric motor
  • Handles well
  • Surprisingly good ride

You Won't Like

  • Sloppy brakes
  • Skittish at high speeds
  • Not available nationwide

Key Competitors

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Fiat 500e
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Mitsubishi i-MIEV
  • Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

Rating

3 star

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