Chevrolet Spark EV History
The Spark EV was introduced to the market in 2012, allowing Chevrolet to join the push towards more available electric-powered options. Though it’s only sold in the United States in California and Oregon, its popularity has helped Chevrolet establish itself as a competitor in the all-electric segment.
The Spark EV was first introduced at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, entering production the following year. With its introduction to the market, the Spark EV became the first all-electric passenger car that General Motors has marketed since 1999, replacing the EV1, which was discontinued in 1999.
Reception of Chevrolet Spark EV
While the overarching turnoffs for the Spark EV include its small driving range and lengthy recharging time, it has quickly become a favorite for those looking for a car perfect for urban settings. Currently, many car critics consider it the best-driving car in the EV segment with quick acceleration and effortless handling.
Chevrolet Spark EV Fun Facts
- Only available in California and Oregon in the United States
- Became available in South Korea in October 2013
- Powered by a nanophosphate lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor
- With its powertrain, the Spark EV gets 82 miles all-electric
- Spark EV car owners receive a federal tax credit of $7,500 and an additional state tax credit from California and Oregon
- Takes about 7 hours to recharge with a 240-volt outlet, while a 110-volt outlet recharges the Spark EV in about 20 hours