The Chevrolet Spark EV is officially a small car with big numbers: the electric minicar was just rated at 119 MPGe combined, making it the most efficient electric cars available to the public today.
Chevrolet announced this morning that the Environmental Protection Agency had just completed its testing of the new EV and found the Spark is capable of 128 miles per gallon equivalent in the city, 109 MPGe on the highway, and 119 MPGe overall. Furthermore, the Spark EV is capable of going 82 miles on a single charge.
There are a few reasons why those numbers are so good, but one of them is the electric motor. GM claims that the Spark EV's oil-cooled, permanent-magnet motor makes 130 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in under eight seconds. That's not shabby, considering that the gas-powered Spark does the same feat in about 11 seconds. GM says that all Spark EV motors will be built at a facility near Baltimore, Maryland, and the battery packs are assembled in Livonia, Michigan.
The Chevrolet Spark EV's fuel-economy numbers are also enough to win the title of the most-efficient car on the market, albeit on a technicality. As it stands today, the car with the highest-ever MPGe rating is the Scion iQ EV, which achieves 138 MPGe city, 105 MPGe highway, and 121 MPGe combined. However, the iQ EV is not a publicly available car; instead, Scion only rolled out 90 cars to car-sharing firms. With that in mind, the Spark EV (which will go on sale to the public later this year in California and Oregon) takes the crown, barely out-shining the Honda Fit EV (118 MPGe combined, only available to lease) and the Fiat 500e (116 MPGe combined, only available in California). Nissan’s Leaf is rated at 99 MPGe combined and has an EPA-rated range of 73 miles.
Chevrolet hasn't yet announced pricing for the new car, but has previously suggested the MSRP should fall just beneath $25,000 when factoring in federal incentives.
Source: General Motors