My least favorite part of driving isn’t sitting in rush hour, dealing with road rage, or getting stuck behind someone going 15 mph on the highway during a snowstorm. While all of those occurrences are indeed frustrating, my least favorite aspect of driving is, by far, fueling up at the gas station.
If you too share my disdain of sky-high fuel prices and standing at the pump, than you will be equally as excited as I am about the incredible advances in electric vehicles. The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is Chevy’s latest emissions-free model and is an impressive vehicle in a tiny package.
The Spark EV is the first vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability, which in English means that the car will charge to 80 percent in just 20 minutes. Running late to work and your car is out of juice? No problem! It’ll be mostly charged by the time you’re done packing your lunch. Having said that, the car has one of the best EV battery ranges in its class, and the long-life battery is under warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles.
While some individuals are under the impression that electric cars move at a snail’s pace, the Spark EV goes from zero to 60 in under eight seconds, so you need not worry about lagging behind.
I’m in the approximate one percentile of humans who don’t have an iPhone, but for those of you who are tech savvy and with the times, the Spark EV is Siri compatible. It also comes with Chevrolet’s exclusive MyLink radio, Smartphone-based navigation systems and global radio (i.e. Pandora).
Now, buying a car isn’t exactly like buying a new pair of shoes or golf shirt, but I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat, dying to know what colors it comes in. The Spark EV is available in electric blue, black granite, summit white, silver ice and titanium. Regardless of the exterior, the interior is vividly accented in electric blue and chrome.
I’m guessing your next question is, “when can I get my hands on this fine piece of machinery?” If you’re reading this in California or Oregon, you’ll be the first to do so. The Spark EV will be available in these two locations in limited quantities this summer at participating dealers. Metro Detroiters will have to anticipate the vehicle’s arrival a bit longer, but it will definitely be worth the wait.
The Spark EV is priced under $25,000 with tax incentives, so you really can’t go wrong. To check out the pre-production model and get more information on the vehicle, visit www.chevrolet.com.