After being offered to commercial fleets for two years, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV will now be available to the general public. The latest generation of the Spark war revealed at this year’s New York International Auto Show.
Powered by an electric motor with an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV is reported to be able to run for 131 kilometres on a single charge. The Spark EV’s motor provides 327 lb.-ft. of torque, transmitted instantaneously to the wheels, permitting the electric subcompact to reach 100 km/h in about 7.4 seconds.
Spark EV buyers will be eligible for an $8,000 government incentive in Quebec, $8,500 in Ontario and $5,000 in British Columbia. Chevrolet has not yet confirmed the base price of the Spark EV.
A unique charging unit sanctioned by the SAE will be able to recoup 80 per cent of battery power in about 20 minutes; charging via 240V outlet will also be possible.
“We’re expanding our electric vehicle offerings to our customers by offering the 2016 Spark EV for retail sales in the growing EV markets here in Quebec as well as in Ontario and BC,” said Chris Hay, regional director for Chevrolet. “For city residents whose transportation needs can be met with an all-electric vehicle, Spark EV builds on Chevrolet’s proven electric motor and battery development programs from the Chevrolet Volt.”