With smaller vehicles like 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV and 2015 Honda Fit EV most drivers will be able to make significant saves on the fuel bills since both of these run on electric power only. With range of about 80 miles these can provide great reliability in city driving and shorter runs.
Chevrolet Spark is currently a third generation compact 5-door hatchback city car. Spark EV is its all-electric version that comes in two trim levels, 1LT and 2LT. It has a 97 kW electric motor that delivers up to 140 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and comes as a FWD. It is powered by a 21.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that needs around seven hours to be fully charged.
The 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV model will be a carryover and won’t be changed much. Recognizable, closed upper grille with laid-back headlights will remain as they are, together with almost flat, mildly laid-back roofline that finishes with roofline spoiler and vertically oriented tail-lights. Interior is modern, made of fine materials and bright electric blue color accents only add up to it. 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen in the central board gives access to radio, navigation, information and connection with other devices. There’s also plenty of space even though it is a city car. Safety features are always high-end when it comes to Chevy and Spark’s 10 air bags prove it.
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV
It can go up to 128 mpg estimated in a city and 109 mpg estimated on a highway which is impeccable. This is possible thanks to the 82 miles all-electric range. Price for LS model is $26,685 and LT costs $27,010. They can all go down a $7,500 after tax refunds.
For the third generation of this five door subcompact hatchback car we will be getting electric model also. This might be one of the most important changes for the 2015 model. Electric motor that comes in 2015 Honda Fit EV is capable of developing 123 hp and 189 lb-ft of torque when it is in SPORT mode while in the ECON mode it will generate 63 hp or 47 kW so it would be possible to reduce energy consumption. Battery pack of 20 kWh capacity will supply electric motor while the power will be transferred to the front wheels.
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Vs 2015 Honda Fit EV
Estimations suggest that this EV will be able to travel for about 76 miles per charge and for a fully recharged battery it will need about 12 hours when it is charged from a standard 120 Volt outlet. In case that there is a 240 Volt outlet this will reduce the charging time to about 3 hours. According to EPA this is one of the most efficient vehicles on the market returning about 132 MPGe in city drive conditions and 105 MPGe on highway. Price is set to about $37.000 but have in mind that this number will go down after the tax refunds, incentives and similar.
Interior is slightly changed and now offers higher level of comfort thankfully to the higher quality of used materials. Bio fabric is a proof that a lot of attention to ecology has been delivered in this segment while the instrument cluster and other parts offer additional amount of technology with satellite linked navigation, voice controls, automatic climate controls and similar. Changes to the exterior are minor but still this is one nice looking vehicle. It might not compete in this segment with some much more expensive models but it does offer nice looks. New grille in combination with laid back headlights improves its elegance and aggressive stance. Flat roofline and roof spoiler are well implemented with the rear end and vertical tail lights.
2015 Honda Fit EV
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV is much cheaper than 2015 Honda Fit EV and has longer electric range, while their energy efficiency is around the same numbers. It is clear to see why Chevy doesn’t want to change Spark just yet.