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2014 Chevrolet Spark Electric Vehicle (EV) Launches This Summer » Greener Ideal

Chevrolet is launching its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV (electric vehicle) on the streets of California and Oregon this summer. What’s so significant about the Spark EV minicar?

First off, Chevy’s Spark EV is truly an all-electric vehicle unlikeChevy’s Volt, which has both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. Secondly, Chevy claims its new Spark EV will go an EPA-estimated 82 miles on a full charge (or 119 combined mpg). That means The Spark EV competes very well with the all-electric Nissan Leaf.

How much can the Spark EV save you in fuel costs? Chevrolet claims a potential savings of up to $9,000 in fuel costs over a five-year period.

As for price, Chevrolet is only revealing the 2014 Spark EV will cost just under $25,000. But minus the $7,500 federal incentive and potential state incentives and the Spark EV becomes that much more affordable.

And unlike most hybrids such asToyota’s Prius, the 2014 Spark EV is approved for HOV lane use.

Electric Motor and Charging

The 2014 Chevy Spark is equipped with a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s protected by an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

And here’s another cool thing about the Spark EV: It will be the first EV on the market to offer the recently-approved SAE DC Fast Charging combo charger as an available option (pricing not yet available). The fast charger will be available for purchase shortly after this summer’s launch and will enable Spark EV owners to recharge up to 80 percent of battery capacity in just around 20 minutes. Plus, the fast charger can handle multiple charges each day, if needed.



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