2017 Chevrolet Spark EV Release Date, Info, Specs – With a competitive pricing, a stout performance, a quick acceleration, a serene and well-appointed interior, and an impressive list if standard features, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark is an intriguing option for an urban runabout, but its long recharge times may turn out to be a major concern. Read on for up-to-date information on engine specs, interior and exterior designs, release date and price.
Nearly twenty years after the RAV4 EV was introduced, the electric car ownership is no longer the wild frontier it once used to be. Not even the consecutive debut of both the Nissan Leaf and Tesla. Nowadays, EVs are just ordinary cars that compete similarly with fuel-powered cars.
Unlike the conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, one of the chief concern of owning an EV is its range. How long will the charge last? Will it get me stranded? Will it get me there? Where can I replenish it? These are some of the most popular question would-be buyers often ask before they commit to buying an EV. And the common cliché here is “longer is better” – referring to the range.
The new 2017 Chevrolet Spark, in particular, isn’t exactly swift when it comes to charging times. You need to patiently wait for about 20 hours for the standard 110-V outlet to replenish your batteries. But the time is drastically reduced with the 240-V power source that only requires about 7 hours. Despite the improvement, the latter isn’t that inspiring either as it still within the window of most overnight home-charging owners.
With just 7.5 seconds to get you past 60 mph, the new 2017 Chevrolet Spark is indeed one of the fastest EV we’ve tested. Additionally, you can always rely on the Spark whenever the road gets twisty as it is surprisingly adept.
Although there a lot of changes available inside and out, the design is still unchanged. This is in contrast to its gas-powered Chevrolet Spark sibling which comes updated with different dimensions and a new look.
You will find the 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV undoubtedly appealing although it would be prudent to check out others first before committing. Some of its competitors include the 2017 Fiat 500e, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf. Hyundai Tuscon and Ford Focus are also preparing their own electric versions which are going to be issued soon as well.
Trims Available – Chevrolet Spark EV
The subcompact, all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes in only two trims: 1LT and 2LT trims.
Interior Changes & Exterior Colors – 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV
The 1LT’s list of standard features includes a 60/40-split folding rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, EV-specific aerodynamic bodywork, a smartphone app integration, USB/iPod interface, Siri Eyes Free voice-activated capability, a tilt-only steering wheel, heated front seats, remote start, satellite and HD radio, and OnStar telematics.
The 2LT further adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette premium upholstery, and a quicker charging port.
Interior wise, you will find the Spark EV is minimalist at best, but the simplicity is taken a notch higher with the refreshing designs of the large central display, unique instrument cluster, and the dashboard’s clean lines.
Exterior colors to look forward to include the 2017 Electric Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, and Black Granite Metallic.
Wheelbase: 93.5 in
Length: 146.5 in
Width: 64 in
Passenger volume: 86.3 ft³
Cargo volume: 9.6 ft³
Curb weight: 3000 lb
Top Speed: 90 mph
0-60: 7,9 sec
EPA mileage estimates: 128 City / 109 Hwy
Available Exterior Colors: Black Granite Metallic, Electric Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic and Summit White
Towing Capacity: N/A
Engine Specifications – 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV
Under the hood of the new 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV is an electric motor rated at 140 horsepower and 327 lbs. ft. of torque. The power that motivates such an output is an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack that takes 20 hours to fill using the 110-V power source. But you can also speed up the process with the 240-V power source which takes a paltry 7 hours to fill the electric motor.
EPA says the 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV will drive you 82 miles of driving range on the highway/city/combined cycle. Also, the Spark is rated at 28kWh/100 miles. This is slightly frugal that the Fiat 500e or the Nissan Leaf.
A time of 7.5 seconds is what you require to zoom past 60 mph with the Spark EV in real-life driving, against the 7.2 seconds Chevrolet claims.
Price & 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV Release Date
Expect its release date sometime in August 2017. Planning to buy an EV? Well, the new 2017 Chevrolet Spark EV’s sticker price is rumored to be $25,120. There is still plenty of time though.
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