At General Motors and Chevrolet, we are passionate about and committed to supporting our customers’ lifestyles by designing and manufacturing vehicles that fit their unique needs. One vehicle that we’re particularly excited to introduce this year is our 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV.
For many of our owners, living an eco-conscious and sustainable way of life is something they strive to do on a daily basis. This is why the Spark EV is so special. It’s delightfully and very efficiently purpose-built for personal mobility in city and campus environments. The Spark EV is a pure electric urban mini-car designed as an excellent companion for owners looking to maximize their urban travel experience.
Urban travel is unique, and varied – typically with multiple options. Choices depend on a myriad of factors – weather, cost, traffic and parking outlook, reliability, number of passengers, health and safety considerations, comfort, etc. Depending on the situation, a person or group may take the subway or a taxi, ride a bike, drive a car, or even walk.
Nevertheless, even as new options emerge – like bike sharing, e-bikes, and on-call taxi services – our research has consistently shown that for many consumers and specific situations, demand for safe and convenient personal mobility is very strong. Whether owned, or now increasingly shared, personal-use vehicles are often the best option. When it comes to growing urban challenges – especially congestion, greenhouse-gas emissions and air quality – meeting strong demands for personal mobility while improving overall quality of life requires purpose-built innovation and a unique solution.
The new Spark EV uniquely combines critical ingredients for the new world of owned and shared vehicle use in metropolitan areas:
Small on the outside, big on the inside:
At just 146.5” long – it’s 15.5” shorter than the Honda Fit EV – and with the same rear seat legroom. Just 1.8” longer than the Mitsubishi iMiEV, the Spark EV affords over 5” more rear legroom. The key is passenger/cargo flexibility in a minimal package. The space for people, not pavement in congested environments.
Quick and agile: The Spark EV has over 400 ft-lbs. of instant torque – more than twice as in the Honda Fit EV, Ford Focus EV or Nissan Leaf. And with others weighing more, the equivalent of two to five more passengers, it’s not surprising that the Spark EV’s 0 to 60 mph time is the fastest of the group at 7.6 seconds. With all of that torque, a solid feel is assured with 60 percent of the structure comprised of high strength steel. In chaotic cities, quickness and strength are virtues.
In the city, safety and security start with knowing where you are, knowing how to get to where you want to go and the ability to communicate. The capabilities of OnStar, including features like distress and automatic airbag deployment notification – and now with the opportunity to add MyLink features, the Spark EV delivers. Finally, in the event of a crash, the Spark incorporates 10 airbags – including driver and passenger knee airbags.
For urban mobility, awareness, communication, dynamic agility and protection are terrific in the new Spark EV.