Chevrolet Spark EV hits 60mph in 8 seconds, charges in 20 minutes
With a name like Spark, you'd expect the smallest Chevrolet model would have debuted with an electrified powertrain. At the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the little hatchback finally lives up to its namesake, joining the Chevrolet Volt as the second vehicle in automaker's current lineup that's powered by electrons.
Without a radiator to feed or an internal combustion engine to cool, the Spark EV is able to run with its double grill sealed--again, like the Chevrolet Volt. Chevy claims that small aerodynamic tweaks such as this add about 2.5 miles to the Spark's estimated cruising range.
The engine is a 130 horsepower electric motor that will be built in the U.S. from globally sourced parts and twists its crank to the tune of about 400 pound-feet of torque. No, that massive torque number is no typo, we double checked.
By taking advantage of an SAE Combo DC Fast Charger, the Spark EV charge to 80-percent of its battery capacity in just 20 minutes. On a 240-volt home charger, a full charge can be reached in about 7 hours.
The second LCD is the MyLink infotainment system. We've already taken a look at this rig in the standard Spark. Here in the EV, the functionality is largely the same with the addition of a new "Electric info" option.