Besides the smart ForTwo Electric Drive (which starts at $25,000 and only has 2 seats), the Chevrolet Spark EV is the least expensive all-electric car on the US market at $27,495. Leases start at $199/month.
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And while you might expect to not get a heck of a lot out of such a low priced offering - as Engadget found out, you would be wrong. The web magazine that covers basically everything electronic, found the car "nimble and fun to drive."
Highlights of the first person POV test drive:
- "It's a zippy car that's smoother and more powerful than anything else in its class."
- 0-60 mph in just 7.6
- 140 hp/400lb-ft of torque
- 82 mile range
- "Sports mode is particularly entertaining thanks to a revised throttle mapping -- it feels downright fast"
- the electric power steering needs more feedback and precision
- the modulated brakes need more tuning - "there's a slight delay between pedal application and caliper response at very low speeds which is a little unsettling when you're accustomed to a more responsive setup"
Overall, Engadget found the car's handling to be "sharp and dynamic," but also thought GM did "excellent job with the ride...this despite a rather simple torsion beam rear suspension."
Check out Engadget full written report on the Chevrolet Spark EV here.
(Below: Recent Spark EV television commercial featuring the little electric Chevy's performance)