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Video: Chevrolet builds the best Spark yet – and it’s electric

General Motors has been building modern electric cars longer than anyone. It started developing EVs in earnest with the purpose-built, low-volume EV1 in the 1990s. Now its latest electric car is based on the tiny Chevrolet Spark.

To be honest, we were less than thrilled with the standard, gasoline-powered Spark when we tested one earlier this year. Its four-speed automatic constantly jerked as it hunted for power from the noisy, anemic 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine. Obviously, the Spark EV does away with all that. It’s silent and smooth, and with 400 lb.-ft. of torque available, stealthily quick.
To learn more about electric cars and hybrids, visit our alternative-fuel car guide.

GM has done a good job packaging the 560-pound, 21.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack between the rear wheels. One benefit is this addition required the suspension to be recalibrated. The Spark EV feels sporty and tied down to the road, something we could never say about the gas-powered model. That gives the Spark EV an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles—a little better than a Ford Focus Electric or a Nissan Leaf.


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