New Chevrolet Spark EV Surprises with Powerful Torque and Road Handling

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EV Review: New Chevrolet Spark EV with Powerful Torque and Handling

The Chevrolet Spark EV Kaye)

Yesterday I test several next generation Motors (GM) automobiles, the Chevrolet Spark EV. Targeted to in selected California dealerships summer 2013, the compact yet Spark will surprise who are skeptical of electric vehicles with its performance due to what GM as a revolutionary motor and drive

Despite the criticism of the Chevy ’s fitful on-again then production, the plug-in electric (PHEV) Volt had its best of sales last month. Now GM is some of the Volt’s technology to the a trailblazing EV for several reasons. its electric motor will be the of its kind that an automaker produce entirely within the States.

Plus the Spark’s propulsion components, including its rotor and bar wound copper stator, are the of this next generation car is surprisingly fun to drive and, of emissions free on the road.

400 of torque will make the stand out on the road

But with the Spark’s “green” comes performance that shock many drivers. The 130 Spark boasts 400 lb.-ft. of that will leave ICE cars of its size in the dust. We not take the Spark off-site it is not yet in production, but on one stretch, I was able to use my foot and experience the engine’s that allows rapid yet zero-to-60 mph acceleration in as little as seconds.

In addition, the Spark the quiet ride typical of EVs. The steering column is tight for a car of its size. An intuitive that offers both and updates on the car’s fuel rounds out the Spark’s benefits. The range is not yet official as GM is in the midst of the car’s exact specifications, but the Spark to exceed significantly the current 35 to 38 battery-only mile

Some drivers will at the Spark’s size#8211;but for commuters who can at the rail station or office the day and then home at night, the could become far more simply an adequate automobile for content with a vehicle for kids, running errands or short hops on the local

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The Spark#8217;s dash allows the to monitor intuitively the car#8217;s performance

For GM, the Spark could an important step forward for announced goal of having up to electric vehicles on the road some sort of electrification by According to Mary Barra. Senior Vice President of Product Development, the company is on to sell 50,000 non-ICE by the end of 2012.

EVs still face challenges “range anxiety,” costs, a dubious they can offer performance at a low price and the lack of that can create headaches due to the of charging stations. Nevertheless the packs plenty of punch#8211;and with its other EV and PHEV could catch on when the of gasoline spikes yet once

Leon Kaye , based in California, is a sustainability consultant and the of . He also contributes to  Guardian Business ,  Inhabitat and Earth911 . You can Leon and ask him questions on  Twitter .

Disclosure: GM covered Leon transportation costs and accommodation in County.

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