Chevrolet has announced the 2014 Spark EV will become the most efficient electric vehicle in the United States when it goes on sale this summer.
Featuring a combined fuel economy equivalent of 119 MPGe, the Spark EV trumps models like the Fiat 500e (116 MPGe), Honda Fit EV (118 MPGe) and Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe). The car also has an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles (132 km) which is identical to the Fit EV but slightly less than the 500e.
The Spark EV has a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers and electric motor that develops 130 hp (96 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than eight seconds.
When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in less than seven hours using a 240V outlet. If that's too long, the SAE Combo DC Fast Charger can give an 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes.