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Can the 2014 Chevy Spark EV Electrify GM’s Drive to Go Green?

General Motors is often blamed for killing the electric car in the early 1990s. However, it could now be said that GM is about to supercharge the electric-vehicle revolution, with the launch of its 2014 Chevy Spark EV. In fact, the company appears to have built an “electric” car in more ways than one.

First off, the 2014 Spark, which is a spin on the gasoline version of the Spark, packs quite a punch. The car generates 400 pound-feet of torque and 130 horsepower, which enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in as little as 8.0 seconds. Let’s just say that its power is generating a lot of buzz as it’s turning the corner on the EV market.

The initial reviews are pretty glowing, as Consumer Reports has gone so far as to say that the Spark is shattering the reputation of electric cars as being anemic and inept. In fact, it said that the Spark was “one of the most enjoyable electric cars we’ve driven.” Overall, reviews suggest that the Spark EV is far better than the gasoline version, which Consumer Reports had called “slow, noisy, and stiff.”

Best of all for consumers, the Spark EV starts at just $27,495 before incentives, which is less than the comparable Nissan Leaf. Further, the Spark gets 119 MPG equivalent and costs consumers just $0.84 for the first 25 miles driven, which would rank it among the cheapest cars to drive. That could save consumers more than $9,000 over the course of five years based on the 2013 average of 23 MPG and at current gas prices. However, the drawback is that its range is just 82 miles, though it can be recharged in as little as 20 minutes using a special charging accessory.
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