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Chevy Spark EV

Eco-friendly car buyers have been pleased with Chevy’s newest subcompact car, the Spark, on sale now at Phoenix Chevy dealers. And for those who are interested in plugging in their car rather than filling it up at the gas pump, then the Spark EV is the car for you.

The 2014 Spark EV is the all-electric version of Chevy’s five-door urban mini-car. The powerful motor, quick acceleration, and short wheelbase, make it an exhilarating drive. At an estimated 119 MPG, it is the most efficient electric car on sale today. The Spark EV is GM’s first all-electric car since the EV1, and it’s the first electric car on the market to support the SAE Combo Fast Charging system, according to cars.com. The system allows for fast DC charging to 80 percent of the battery’s capacity in 20 minutes.

Producing close to 130 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, the electric motor is a gift that keeps on giving. The Chevy Spark EV keeps gathering speed enthusiastically all the way to its top speed of 90 mph, and the dash from 0-60 mph is claimed to be between 7.5 and 8 seconds. The shifter has two modes: “Drive” works like a conventional automatic transmission without aggressive regenerative braking. “Low” maximizes regenerative braking and slows the car down as soon as you lift off the accelerator. The electric juice comes from a 21.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that straddles the rear axle and doesn’t cut into the Spark’s already tiny cabin or cargo space. It gives the Spark EV an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles.

Inside, Chevrolet provides some charming features, most notably the MyLink system and some unique digital gauges. MyLink is a simple way to stay connected, pairing with your smartphone to provide access to apps, pictures and even movies through a 7-inch dashboard touch screen. Altogether, the system combines Pandora, Stitcher, and Tune-In Internet radio, Bluetooth phone pairing, and a navigation system called BringGo. BringGo downloads its maps to your phone, so it minimizes the data transfer comparatively. In the Spark EV, concentric circles on the maps show how far you can venture based on the car’s remaining range.

If you are in the market for an electric vehicle, visit Chapman Chevrolet today to test drive the Chevy Spark.