The new Chevy Spark Electric recivies its official EPA ratings, and they are pretty good. The little EV manages combined city/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent, and has en EPA-estimated range of 82 miles. In other words, this sub $25K car saves its owner up to $9,000 in fuel cost over five years.
So the electric Spark is a very cost-effective car to run. But what’s it like as a car to live with? Well, not bad actually. It has 30 hp (more than 100 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm), which takes you from 0 to 60 mph in eight seconds. You can charge it up to 80 percent in 20 minutes and monitor the process using the Spark EV’s smart phone application, provided by OnStar, which is standard for three years.
Sure the range is not brilliant, but that’s currently the best you can get out of a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. At least it comes with an eight years or 100,000 miles warranty.