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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Car: Now Europe Gets It Too

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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You have to admire the Chevrolet Spark EV. It may have the same gawky upright stance as the gasoline model, and certainly costs a lot more, but its specification suggests GM has put a lot of efford into its electric offering.

Europe will get to enjoy the fruits of its labor too, when the Spark EV goes on sale there in early 2014.

Making its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the car's European introduction also puts paid to the notion it's a California-only 'compliance car'.

How many Chevy can actually sell remains to be seen, but the Spark's key ingredients are all there.

Driving the front wheels is a 100 kW (130 horsepower) electric motor, which also develops an incredible 400 pounds-feet of torque. For the record, that's ever so slightly more than the Ferrari 458 supercar.

It won't perform like the Ferrari, but an estimated 0-62 mph time of around 8.5 seconds still puts it leagues ahead of a Nissan Leaf, and should make it one of the more sprightly small electric cars available.

2014 Chevy Spark EV prototype first drive

European pricing hasn't yet been announced, but in the U.S. the Spark EV will retail for under $32,500 before incentives. Those able to get the full $7,500 federal tax credit will spend under $25,000, while some owners will be able to make use of local incentives to make it even cheaper.

The Spark EV's European rivals will be similar to its U.S. competitors, though European buyers won't get the Honda Fit EV or Fiat 500E--those cars really are compliance cars.

Instead, it'll go head-to-head with the third-generation Smart Electric Drive with its low entry price, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf--though none directly compete with the Chevy on size or specification.

The 2014 Chevy Spark EV is set to hit U.S. showrooms later this year.

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  1. Wouldn't the Spark also compete against Renault's Z.E range? Especially it's upcoming and long awaited Zoe?
     
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  2. That's exactly what I was going to say... that for me, the Spark's most obvious competitor in the European market is Renault Zoe, and though challenger because it can even be cheaper than the Spark as the batteries will not be included in the price.
     
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  3. Thanks for your comments guys - you're absolutely right. For some reason, the Zoe slipped my memory.
     
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  4. I think it will be a perfect city car. I can't wait to drive it. It is a bit small for me. But it is perfect for someone who just needs to commute and drive around the city.

    It certainly drives far better than the standard ICE Spark based on the spec. That is something that can't say for other ICE based EVs...
     
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  5. Antony, ever heard of the renault Zoé?
     
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  6. I have indeed, merely forgot to mention it.
     
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  7. How many years would it take to save me as much money as my $10,000 Aveo? That is the problem. I look at cost to value. That is why I promote CNG as the solution, but only for people who drive a lot, or drive large vehicles, otherwise it is not worthwhile unless you convert your vehicle or buy used.
     
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  8. How long will it take for an Aveo to save me as much money as keeping my current car? When will my upgraded doors, seats and paint choice begin to pay me back? And when will my car choice pay me back for the lost lives of soldiers, sailors airman and marines lost in conflicts that wouldn't be fought without the need to stabilize oil supply routes.

    When will my gas powered car choice pay me back for the residents of my state that die early due to respiratory illnesses from air pollutants, and help balance trade deficits from sending billions of dollars to countries that harbor people who hate our way of life enough to use money from oil to fund terrorists?
     
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  9. Ron,
    Perhaps it is or should be not always "cost to value" in an absolute sense, but rather in terms of "value to the environment" and to the "geopolitical economy?"

    I am quite willing to pay more, significantly more, for a vehicle that does not add to the air pollution and related negative health effects of our addictive internal combustion vehicles. I am also willing to pay more for a vehicle that does not force me to pay INTO the pockets of Middle East Oil barons. Those are perhaps abstract values, but they are important "value" to a number of us; I certainly wish more of us would consider those factors.

    Natural gas scares me greatly as the reports (see National Geographic last year) of pollution of the water supply suggests.
     
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