You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

GM Brings 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Battery In-House, Sheds 86 Pounds

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/14/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The best non-Tesla electric car has likely just gotten even better. General Motors has brought battery production for the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV in house, fitting a smaller battery that sheds 86 pounds compared to the old one, though without any changes to the Spark EV's 82-mile range.


Bringing production of the 2015 Chevy Spark EV's battery pack into GM's Brownstone Battery Assembly Plant -- the same facility that builds battery packs for the Chevrolet Volt and its variants -- allowed GM to design a new battery system that weighs less than the 2014 Spark EV's existing unit. The old 560-pound 21-kWh battery pack goes the way of the dodo in favor of a 19-kWh battery pack weighing in at 474 pounds.

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Battery production© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Battery production Although the Chevy Spark EV's curb weight should now drop below a manufacturer-estimated 3000 pounds, GM says the electric Spark's EPA-estimated range remains unchanged at 82 miles, as does its MPGe, which stays at 119.

The Spark EV is powered by a 140-hp electric motor, which makes an astonishingly high 400 lb-ft of torque. In our testing, a 2014 Spark EV accelerated from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, and silently ripped through the quarter-mile at 16.0 seconds at 87.6 mph.

Source: Chevrolet

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

More from Motor Trend


image beaconimage beaconimage beacon