Video: Chevy Spark EV Versus Kia Ray EV in 0 to 62 MPH Showdown

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 10

We’ve seen what a Chevy Spark EV can do when its pitted against a 2012 Chevy Camaro.

Spark Versus Ray

Spark Versus Ray

But what happens when the hotrod electric Spark is matched up against a boxy BEV called Ray?

With a whopping 400 lb-ft of torque on board, there’s no denying the Spark EV its zippiness.

Is the Ray EV a worthy competitor?

Absolutely not.

In fact, there are few, if any reasonably priced electrics that can keep pace with the Spark EV.  It’s Chevy’s 21st century hotrod.

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10 responses to "Video: Chevy Spark EV Versus Kia Ray EV in 0 to 62 MPH Showdown"

  1. David says:

    400 ftlbs of torque is marketing. Once reduced at the wheel it’s about the same as the Leaf. Give GMs marketing a rest. Describe torque at the wheel, not the meaningless torque at the motor.

    1. scottf200 says:

      It has proven itself with the right gearing to work very efficiently and pull strong at various speeds. They deserve some credit. In an informal test it outran a RAV4 EV (Tesla drivetrain) as well. Obviously not in a regular Tesla Model S class but it is a little “city” car at a little price point.

      1. Aaron says:

        Interestingly, my slow EV is pretty peppy when passing people from 35-50 MPH. Off the line, it’s a dog. Past 50 MPH, aerodynamics a large toll on acceleration.

    2. Nate says:

      I’ve spent some time behind the wheel of both, and the Spark EV does feel noticeably faster (even in normal mode) than the Leaf in these situations — 0-30, 5-30, 5-50, cruising at 30 then accelerate to 50, likewise 50 to 70. There wasn’t a situation that the Leaf seemed on par or faster than the Spark EV, but there were some situations where the difference was less noticeable than others. The Spark pulled nice in all situations, even in normal mode. Please drive a Spark EV in sport mode and then confirm that you think it is just marketing.

      The Leaf seems more hit and miss depending on the situations. My guess is some of that has to do with less torque, and some has to do with the Leaf being heavier. Regardless, even though the Leaf comes off feeling slower, for me its not a reason not to buy the Leaf.

    3. taser54 says:

      Yeah, ignore the way torque is advertised in all mass-produced automobiles.

    4. kdawg-etti says:

      There are multiple advantages to having a motor that can produce 400 ft-lb of torque.

  2. So, I think it said 10 seconds from 0-100km (62mph) for the Spark EV and 13.9 for the Kia Ray (Soul in the USA).

    I think the Spark is faster than that, so maybe it wasn’t in sport mode?

    1. kdawg-etti says:

      Also had 3 passengers

    2. Suprise Cat says:

      Kia Ray and Kia Soul are two complete different models.