2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Car Priced At $27,495

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One of the biggest hurdles for the proliferation of electric cars has been their high relative cost. While that is to be expected with any new technology, electric cars have received a lot of flak for being just too pricey for the market.

That’s starting to change, however, especially now that Chevrolet has priced its new 2014 Spark EV from a very reasonable $27,495, which equates to just $19,995 when the full federal tax credit is included.

Such a price makes the Spark EV a genuine runner for buyers looking for a cheap and economical car for their commute, as long as that commute isn’t more than 82 miles.

Of course, you don’t have to buy a Spark EV outright. Chevy is offering leases from as low as  $199 per month for 36 months, with $999 due at lease signing including security deposit (tax, title, license dealer fees extra).

All Spark EV’s feature a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that includes an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty (whichever comes first), and they also come with useful features such as MyLink infotainment, a seven-inch touch screen with third-party apps integration as well as Siri Eyes Free, Pandora and BringGo navigation.

The Spark EV will go on sale initially in California and Oregon. It will also be sold in Korea, where all Sparks are built.

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Comments (29)
  1. Not bad at all. Great to see a reasonable price on an EV.

  2. Please support American workers and don't buy imported cars. The Spark is made in Asia. If you want to see America as a great nation again, only buy products built in USA.

  3. Well see here's the problem. The only made in USA electric cars are Nissan LEAF, Ford Fusion Electric and Tesla Model S. All of them very high in price. I do not count the Volt since it's a hybrid. So you're great nation of USA is still under Corporatism meaning it goes where the workers are cheap, which is Asia.

  4. It's ironic that the Nissan LEAF is made in the USA, while the GM Spark is made overseas. Buying American isn't what it used to be.

    The new cheaper model of the LEAF is only $28K and its a lot more car than the Spark for only $1K more. I would love a Fusion EV, but they are too expensive. Tesla will have an affordable EV in a couple of years.

  5. Do you mean Focus EV?

    But the Spark EV will spank the Leaf in performance. Nissan just reduced 2013 Leaf's performance by reducing its torque.

    GM at least is trying to keep its EV "competitive in performance, where Nissan is trying to keep up the old EV myth---"EVs are slow".

  6. Yes, I did mean a Focus EV.

    I don't know the Spark's 0-60 stats compared to the LEAF. But, it's a smaller car and should be quicker. I am aware the 2013 LEAF has reduced torque, but they had to do something to improve the disappointing range. I would have preferred a button for Sport and Eco mode. Then, drivers could choose to increase range or performance, depending on their driving needs.

  7. @Bret: It's also worth noting that both the battery pack and the electric motor for the Spark EV are made in the U.S., sent to Korea, and then return inside the car. Those components represent a substantial portion of the finished car's value. FYI.

  8. John,

    LG Chem soaked up a lot of government subsidies to create a battery factory here and never started production. If they do finally make the batteries here and ship them back to Korea I would be shocked and amazed. Plus, that seems very expensive and highly inneficient. Maybe, they should ship the glider cars and add the motors and battery packs here in the U.S.

  9. Far more money goes into development of a vehicle than goes into the assembly, yet many people obsess over the latter and pretend that development doesn't count. I'm far more concerned with where a vehicle is developed than where it is assembled, although both would be nice, of course.

    In this case, the base Spark is indeed both assembled and developed primarily in S. Korea, but the main electronics work happened in Pontiac, Michigan. The people working on the electronics in Pontiac get paid far more than assembly line workers in the U.S. and pay far higher taxes here as a result.

    To sell in Mexico, for example, OEMs need to assemble in Mexico. I want OEMs to succeed, if that means making some vehicles elsewhere, I am fine with that.

  10. Exactly! I agree completely.

    Most people only think of the relatively "low end" jobs of assembling, but forgot about the cutting edge design in engineering. IMHO, those jobs are far more critical in keeping the edge in America. The high end engineering jobs is what keep the technology going.

    Most of the assembly lines are so automated these days that it really doesn't take too much skills to operate. So, those "relatively high paying" jobs for relative low skill jobs are only important to certain point. The last thing we need is to lose all the engineering jobs to another country...

  11. Since it is offered for California, with additional $2,500 rebate, the net price will be $17K.

    That should give Nissan Leaf some real competition especially since the Spark should "spank" the Leaf in performance and the Nissan has actually "reduced performance" of the Leaf for 2013 model by reducing its torque. So, its 0-30mph performance will be even worse...

  12. The Spark is under 14,000$ in Colorado, assuming the $6,000 state refund applies in 2013. No more complaining about high prices on EVs. This will help determine what factors drive EV adoption because the Spark is nearly on terms with Yaris.

  13. I am NOT sure if the Spark EV is available in CO yet.

  14. The bargain basement Spark is a rather unattractive mule for all the expensive EV technology GM put into it but its drivetrain certainly is good for some impressive numbers, like most efficient EV on the market class despite impressive performance. Might be tough for it to compete with the attractive looking Fiat 500EV though at identical lease rates. I expect further discounts.

  15. I don't see the Spark EV as an unattractive mule, and I don't work for GM. When I look at all the different types of cars out there, so many diverse shapes, sizes, etc...it's obvious that beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder. Frankly, I do not like the FIAT 500E's looks, but that's just me. Having said that, this car looks like it has the potential to be a legitimate competitor. Not quite as big as the LEAF, bigger than the FIAT 500E or the I-MiEV. More than big enough for what it's designed to do. If the 82 mile range is the EPA figures, I'd guess that they could be as high as near 100 in stop and go traffic, in moderate speed and temperatures. GM did a good job(it seems, anyway).Wish we had them here in PA.

  16. Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder. The thing is: selling EVs is pretty tricky because of the relatively high price tags involved. Some upmarket allure would certainly help I think to justify those price tags something the Fiat might succeed at better than the Spark despite the fact that glider probably doesn't cost Fiat that much more to build than the Spark costs GM. Time will tell how both models fare in the market.

  17. Does performance matter?

    If So, then Spark EV is the best performing EV under $30k and well under $18k for CA buyers...

  18. Or does utility matter more than performance?

  19. Or does style and street cred matter more than both performance and utility? We'll see.

  20. Well, I certainly don't want EVs to sacrifice performance for efficiency. 1. EVs are already efficient. (Spark EV is already one of the most efficient one) 2. EVs (affordable ones) need to prove that their performance is NOT substandard.
    3. If utility is the only thing matters, then people would have all bought pickup trucks/minivans by now...

    Didn't we said that most people only commute 40 miles per day and every EV household have at least 2 cars. You don't need much utility in commuting, but performance makes it more fun and you do need it.

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  22. Because none of these cars, Tesla included, can go over 250 miles on a single charge in all kinds of weather conditions it does not make a lot of sense to buy one. I would love to have solar panels on my roof charging up my electric car, but until they get a range of 300-350 miles at an affordable price I cannot make that purchase. So I did what is the next best thing and bought a plug-in hybrid. I have owned my C-Max Energi for almost 3 months now and it is a great car. Most days we do not drive more than 15-16 miles so we get that all on electric. I pay a little less than 6 cents per kWh and for the first full month of charging the car up I saw a difference of $2.74 in my bill. When I do go a greater distance I get around 65-70 mpg.

  23. "When I do go a greater distance I get around 65-70 mpg. "

    Until you learn the difference between MPGe, MPG and MPGbs, I will continue to ignore your "mpg" statement.

  24. I also prefer the look of the Spark to the Fiat 500, but I am probably in the minority. However, the 2-door Fiat 500 is really inconveniant for anyone with a family. I won't be buying a Spark or a 500, but I welcome the competition.

  25. @Chris O: I'd suggest that the Spark has something the Fiat 500e will never have: four doors and a usable back seat.

    It may not look like it, but the Spark's back seat can be occupied by two adults--after a bit of negotiation with front-seat passengers for legroom. The Spark is actually the size of the first few generations of Civic (bracket creep, y'know), and its back seat is both more usable and more accessible than the 500's.

    Looks are clearly in the eyes of the beholder, but I suspect the Spark EV makes a more practical vehicle. The 500e is basically a two-seater with a rear shelf that can, with some effort, occasionally carry people.

    My 2 cents ....

  26. Exactly. Those 4 doors are far easier to use than the 2 doors on the 500e.

    But I do believe there is a market for the Fiat. I imagine some city dwellers will choose 500e simpily b/c it is "Italian".

    I think it is time for GCR to do an "EV shoot out". Comparing all the BEVs in a weekend gathering around SF and see how each one stack up.

    Leaf, i-Miev, Spark EV, Focus EV, 500e.

    Range, power, speed, uphill capabilities, grocery bag carrying capacity, MPGe, recharging and fun to drive...

  27. Please include the Smart ED in the grocery bag carrying capacity test :)

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