The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV made its first official appearance this Wednesday at the 2012 LA Motor Show, though has already divided critics in terms of its appeal and chances of success. While the tiny-little gasless version of the popular subcompact is certainly a cute car to look at, chances are it has pretty much priced itself out of realistic competition.
The bottom line for the 2014 Chevy Spark EV – who’s going to pay more for something that offers less than we already have?
Under the hood, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV packs a combined electric motor and coaxial drive unit which serves up a lofty 400lb/ft torque and 130 horsepower – not bad for the size of the thing. Chevy also tells us that the 2012 Spark EV can be juiced up to an 80% charge in no more than 20 minutes, if using an optional charger connector. Otherwise, charge-time is in the region of seven hours, which still isn’t too bad.
Range-wise, Chevrolet tells us that the 2014 Spark EV is to rank “among the best in the segment” and not narrowing things down any further – meaning we can expect about 80 miles.
And what’s the catch like to stand in the way of the Spark EV’s success? Well, despite Chevy having impressed many with claims that the 2014 Spark EV will come in under $25,000, this really isn’t so. Including charges and delivery etc., you’re actually looking closer to the $33,000 mark.
Even at $25,000 the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is a hard sell for no other reason than you can take home a perfectly pleasant and nicely nippy gas-powered Chevy Spark for under $13,000. The original version is therefore technically a more convenient and capable subcompact you can easily pick up without a painful withdrawal, while the news 2014 Spark EV is nearly twice the price for less.