Chevrolet representatives have announced that the company’s new Spark EV is the most fuel-efficient auto in the marketplace, with a 119 mpg-equivalent rating from the EPA and an 82-miles-per-charge electric range. The mpg-e number is a combined city/highway rating, while the electric range distance places the Spark EV ahead of many other mass-produced electric cars currently for sale. When the Spark EV arrives in dealer showrooms this July, it will only be available in Oregon and California. Specific pricing data is said to be forthcoming in several weeks, though GM has disclosed that after the $7,500 federal tax credit, buyers will be able to purchase a Spark EV for less than $25,000.
Enjoy a silent (music only) walk through the Santa Barbara Earth Day car show. The short video clip above spends the majority of its time in and around the Chevy Spark EV that was on display, along with a Tesla Model S, a stunning Tesla Roadster, and other electric cars. The Spark EV is expected to be available this summer in California and Oregon, with an intention to unleash the small, stylish vehicle in several other regions throughout 2014 as demand dictates. Looking like a replica of the gasoline-powered Spark, the two-door EV travels in excess of 80 miles per charge and has so far received very positive reviews from the few who have driven it.
Both the gasoline version of the Spark and the new electric model are assembled in South Korea, though Spark motors and other components are built in the U.S. Chevrolet’s other electric car, the Volt, is a range-extended model that carries a combustion engine alongside its electric motor. The Volt is able to travel 38 miles per charge on electricity alone, and has a 98 mpg-e rating from the EPA.