chevrolet spark-ev Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is now available in the state of Maryland.
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is the electric version of the previous-generation Spark city car and slots below the Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid. Don’t be surprised to see a new electric version based on the new Spark for the 2017 or 2018 model year.
The 2016 Spark EV uses an electric motor paired to a lithium-ion battery and produces 140 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. On a single charge, the Spark EV has an estimated range of up to 82 miles, with 128/109 mpg-e city/highway. When compared to its competitors, the Spark EV has more range on a single charged than the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV and 2016 Ford Focus EV (62 and 76 miles, respectively), but less than the 2016 Nissan Leaf, which is rated for 84 or 107 miles, depending on the battery pack. It also falls slightly short when compared to the Volkswagen e-Golf, Fiat 500e, and Kia Soul EV, which haven an estimated range of 83 miles, 87 miles, and 93 miles respectively. The Spark EV is also compatible with level three fast chargers, allowing owners to charge the car’s battery back up to 80 percent in 20 minutes. There’s seating for up to four passengers in the 2016 Spark EV and room for 9.6 cubic feet of gear behind the split-folding rear seats that can be expanded to 23.4 cubic feet.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Spark EV also comes with rear-side airbags and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard equipment on the base 1LT trim include Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system featuring a seven-inch touchscreen, remote start, Bluetooth connectivity, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a USB port. The range-topping 2LT trim adds leatherette upholstery, heated front seats with electric blue accents, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accents.
What We Think
In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the Spark EV is one of the more entertaining EVs to drive thanks to its torque-rich electric motor, enabling it to accelerate faster than the previous-generation gas-powered Spark. The car also handles well, featuring good steering feel and ride that’s well-dampened, enabling it to deal with bumps with ease. However, the Spark EV is at its best in the city because at high speeds, it tends to feel skittish while the transition from regenerative to mechanical braking isn’t smooth.
- Torque-rich electric motor
- Handles and rides surprisingly well
You Won’t Like:
- Limited practicality
- Feels skittish at high speeds
- Transition from regenerative to mechanical braking is sloppy