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First Drive: 2014 Spark EV

The 2014 Chevrolet EV is just reaching showrooms in and Oregon.

One of the surprise hits of the has been the little Chevrolet , the smallest offering the U.S. has offered American motorists in A key to that success has been its design and personality.

That’s news as Chevy launches a version of the Spark. Up until now vehicles have been as sort of a one-of-a-kind category much in the way of distinguishing characteristics – than their lack of emissions. But as the number of pure vehicles, or BEVs, on the road to grow, they’re beginning to some distinctive personalities.

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Motors engineers have managed to distinguish the 2014 Spark EV from other by making it fit quite nicely a crowded urban landscape.

The EV is GM’s first pure vehicle since it pulled the EV1 out of in 1999. While it’s at 82 miles, isn’t all that more than the final of that old GM battery car, the new is quite a lot of fun to drive #8212; in it#8217;s way more than the

The Spark EV may make only 140 hp but it out 400 lb-ft of torque.

The Spark EV about 25% more than a with a conventional gasoline but the weight is carried low to the ground so it the battery car some extra GM engineers also have for the extra weight by revising the system and the result is both a smooth ride and solid characteristics.

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We were already during a limited, earlier of a prototype of the Chevy battery and the production version of the Spark EV was more impressive, all things  It stayed nice and flat curves, though the electric steering offered rather feedback to the driver.

From a horsepower perspective, the Chevrolet Spark EV offers a 140 for a vehicle of this size. But likely to impress is the battery 400 nicely controlled foot-pounds of EV aficionados will be quick to out that electric motors maximum torque the moment start spinning, so the result is the EV can go from 0 to 60 in less than seconds.

The 1.2-liter gas model can manage the same task in under 11 seconds.

The torquey motor can launch the Spark EV 0 to 60 in less than 8 seconds.

yet, the battery version of the still had plenty of power for passing slower moving during a 25 mile trip the expressway.

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The battery system, supplied by Systems, has 336 prismatic cells lithium iron nanophosphate configured into four The chemistry is different from used in the Chevrolet Volt, and is to maximize range rather performance.  But both vehicles use an liquid cooling and heating which ensures improved over the life of the vehicle.

The kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery can be in as little as seven hours on a circuit, though that to 14 hours if you only have to a conventional 120-volt line.  GM says Spark EVs capable of into a quick-charge, Level III can bring a … battery to life in 20 minutes. That of the battery car will be available this autumn.

There are very few of these high-speed in the U.S. but their numbers are to grow rapidly in the next few

It takes 7 hours to charge the EV on a 240-volt line.

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While the government may be attempting to boost in electric propulsion by offering up to $7,500 in tax credits, California’s Air Board, or CARB, has taken a approach to building an EV market by minimum sales targets for while also offering to buyers.

Like a number of makers, GM is focusing its attention on though the Chevrolet Spark EV will be sold in Oregon.  in those two states are just delivery of the first batch of the cars. In California, The base of $27,495 drops as low as $17,495 the application of the federal and state

Meanwhile, GM is taking a cue from its and offering incentivized leasing of as as $199 a month.

Not so coincidentally, Fiat is offering a $199-a-month on its own mini-electric, the 500e.

Is it worth the GM is quick to point out that the Chevrolet Spark EV would the typical owner about a month in fuel costs.

(For the maker, well, another matter. GM engineers to get drawn into a discussion cost, though they some of the hardware for the battery car has carried over from the while their experience that plug-in helped the development of the Spark. Fiat/Chrysler CEO Marchionne has been much blunt. He estimates his company lose about $10,000 on Fiat 500e it sells.)

A inside the Spark EV.

Like the Spark, the EV is part of Chevrolet’s new on #8220;Small Is Beautiful.#8221; And that it is not the sort of pint-sized econobox one have expected in the past.  Not is it distinctively styled but well-equipped for its size and price.

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The comes with plenty of features such as 10 standard air and MyLink Radio – a seven-inch touch screen radio of displaying smart-phone-based music, and contacts for hands-free calling.  The Radio comes with two apps for Pandora Internet and Stitcher smart radio.

Besides connectivity, the younger Spark targets demand an of style. The battery car’s includes a quirky, motorcycle-inspired, instrument cluster that one of two large, full-color LCD screens.

The of the car#8217;s surprising punch and its proportion gives the Spark EV a distinct personality all of its own.  And battery cars aren’t for Chevy’s entry into expanding niche should plenty of interest.

Paul A. contributed to this report.

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