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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Priced At Less Than $32,500

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Chevrolet has released more details on its 2014 Spark EV, ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Along with official photos of the electric Spark, Chevy is hinting at a price "below $25,000 with incentives", meaning a pre-incentive price of under $32,500.

That puts the pre-incentive price more or less where you'd expect--less than the $35,200 Nissan Leaf, but more than the 2012 Mitsubishi i ($29,125) and the smaller, two-seat 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive ($25,750).

Chevrolet also appears to be holding true to its promise that the Spark EV isn't a compliance car, as it's set to go on sale not only in California, but Oregon, Canada, South Korea and other global markets.

High specification

The specification list reads more favorably than the typical compliance car, too.

Spark EVs are powered by a 110 kW (130 hp) electric motor, which puts out an impressive 400 lb-ft of torque. A 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is expected to give the Spark one of the best EV ranges on the market.

That battery is warranted for 8 years or 100,000 miles, and makes up 560-pounds of the car's total weight. Chevy is confident that the battery will prove durable, having undergone the same tolerance testing as the unit in the Volt.

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Prototype first drive

Charging is handled by a common on-board charging receptacle, suitable not only for AC 240V and 120V outlets, but also optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability.

This can charge the battery to 80 percent capacity in only 20 minutes. Normal recharging time on 240V is under seven hours, from empty.

Improved aerodynamics

Chevy has worked hard on the Spark's aero capabilities, and says that several tweaks made to the bodywork have harvested the equivalent of 2.5 miles of range, compared to a Spark EV using the standard gasoline car's bodywork.

Continuing the full production car attention to detail, the Spark EV's interior features two, seven-inch color LCD screens for displaying information. In car infotainment includes MyLink radio, with navigation, internet radio and Siri compatibility for iPhone users.

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will be unveiled in full at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Head over to our dedicated show page for more coverage from L.A.

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  1. I'm very glad they have lowered the Cd from 0.36 to 0.325 - almost a 10% improvement. But they can do more - GM brought us the EV1 that had a Cd of 0.19-0.20. This would increase the range by about 30-40 miles.

    I hope that GM will sell the Spark EV in every state. I also hope that Honda will come around and sell the Fit EV in every state; and that Nissan can improve the Cd (and looks) of the Leaf down from 0.29 at least to 0.24 so it can have an official range well above 100 miles. Toyota should work hard on their iQ EV and sell it for $25K to compete with the newest Smart Electric Drive. (I refuse to call it 'ED'...) Tesla is working on their Model C for this critical range in the market.

    We need more EV's in competition!

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  2. "A 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is expected to give the Spark one of the best EV ranges on the market."

    What range is that? Focus and Leaf have a 23 kWh and 24 kWh battery respectively.

    If the Focus can go 76 miles and the Leaf 73 miles, then the Spark can maybe go 65 miles on its 20 kWh battery?

    Maybe weight and aerodynamics are reasons they claim one of the best ranges but the Leaf and Focus have better aero.
     
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  3. I agree. When I was reading it, I had the same question/doubt

    @ 3.3 miles/KWh rated for the Focus, that is already a pretty good mark. In order to do 75 miles in 20 KWh, you would have to be at least 3.75 miles/KWh. GM's own Volt is only doing about 3.33 to 3.5 miles/KWh but it is significantly heavier than the Spark EV. Maybe the Spark EV is more efficient and has better regenerative braking... We will just have to see.

    But I am willing to bet that it will have the FASTEST acceleration among all EVS under $50k with that Performance car like 400 ft-lbs of torque.
     
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  4. Jesse, Xiaolong - The "one of the best on the market" claim is Chevy's - we won't really know for sure until some EPA estimates emerge.
     
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  5. From what I can gather the actual size of the battery pack is 23 kWh. Furthermore, A123 mentions a newer, more powerful chemistry. Therefore, the range might be in as much as 80 miles, perhaps even greater than 90. We'll see!
     
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  6. Wish they had used the Sonic HB. It's a much better looking car IMO. More sporty and almost motorcycle like.
     
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  7. Why do they persist on designing these cars so ugly. Is it to put people off purchasing them?
    Now if the Volt was pure electric instead of a range extender, i would have bought one already.
    Looks like tesla is the the car manufacturer for me.
     
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  8. I like the specs of the Spark EV, so far. I hope that Chevy puts in some SAE Combo DC fast chargers in their dealerships, since there are (to my knowledge) 0 in the field so far.
     
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