Chevrolet's $25,000 EV Packs 400 Lb-Ft of Torque

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
chevrolet s 25 000 ev packs 400 lb ft of torque

A $25,000 EV with more torque than a Corvette? GM’s got it, and it’s not the Volt.

The Spark EV packs 130 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, compared to the gasoline spark’s 82 horsepower. 0-60 times are said to be under 8 seconds and the car will be able to integrate with Apple’s Siri system, for those with an iPhone. Range is expected to be between 60 and 100 miles, with an MSRP of about $25,000 once the $7,500 federal tax credit is applied.

GM says that the Spark is more than just a compliance car, but they only plan to sell it in Oregon, California, Canada and Korea. Perhaps they don’t want anyone realizing that the Volt is now obsolete.

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  • OldWingGuy OldWingGuy on Nov 27, 2012

    I think this is fantastic. I think it would make a great second car for people to use to commute. I recently visited Los Angeles and was amazed at how many vehicles are on the freeways at any given time. And with the HOV lane largely empty, I'm assuming the vast majority of the vehicles on the road at any one time have only one person in them, commuting to/from work. Imagine how much gasoline could be displaced by regular commuters using an EV. Staggering. I can see how it wouldn't be much use for a primary vehicle, but as a second commuter car it would be quite practical.

    • Herm Herm on Nov 29, 2012

      Primary or Secondary vehicle?.. since most people commute 37 miles a day the Spark EV with its 80 miles of range (hwy.. much higher in the city) quickly will become the primary vehicle in most households.. the fuel sucking pig will quickly become relegated to rare long distance trips and the secondary vehicle when everyone is fighting over the Spark. You need to redefine what you mean with Primary or Secondary

  • Acuraandy Acuraandy on Nov 27, 2012

    The Volt was obsolete the day it was built by the first-gen Prius.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Nov 28, 2012

    Looks like with the Spark GM is going to have the 2 best plug-ins on the road. Per the comments about a pull behind gas generator: As a boater and snowmobiler I pull trailers year 'round(so I now the downsides) and the last thing I would want is an EV with a pull behind gas generator to leave town. A terrible idea. GM did it right by making the range extender part of the car.

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Nov 28, 2012

    Does "35-count" mean 35 thousandths? I've never heard that expression in that sort of context before.