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Mini-sized EV range face-off: How does the little Chevy Spark EV’s 119 MPGe combined rating stack up?

Chevrolet’s Spark EV is one of the smallest cars on sale today, battery-powered or otherwise. Driving around in a tiny hatchback like the Spark requires sacrifices in both practicality and perceived level of coolness, but is there an efficiency benefit?

Now that the EPA has released its official ratings for the Spark EV, we can find out. The Chevy’s estimated range is 82 miles on a full charge, and it gets 119 MPGe combined.

The range estimate puts the Spark pretty squarely in the middle of the EV field. The larger Nissan Leaf has a 73-mile range, but the Coda sedan can go 88 miles on a charge.

The similarly-sized Fiat 500e has an 87-mile range, and looks better while driving those miles. The Honda Fit EV ties the Spark, while the Mitsubishi i-MiEV falls short with a 62-mile range.

The Spark’s 119 MPGe rating puts it at the top, if just barely. The Fit EV returns 118 MPGe, so in real world driving they would effectively be the same. The 500e isn’t too far behind at 116 MPGe.

The Scion iQ EV’s 121 MPGe rating actually beats the Chevy’s, but Scion is only importing a handful of these cars to the United States. The iQ EV also has a very limited 38-mile range.

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