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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Test Drive

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Test Drive

Chevrolet has big ambitions for its tiniest electric car, the Spark EV. The earth-friendly city car follows the Volt, dropping the gas engine in the process and embracing emissions-free motoring at a competitive price. As we've seen, though, small EVs can easily fall into the trap of being so eco earnest as to be deathly dull, or alternatively entirely impractical for everyday use. Can the Spark EV keep the best of its gas-powered predecessor and blend it with the benefits of electric motoring? We caught up with Chevrolet for an extended test-drive to see how the Spark EV fared.

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Chevrolet Spark dubbed most efficient electric vehicle in US market

Chevrolet Spark dubbed most efficient electric vehicle in US market

On November 27, 2012, Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Spark electric vehicle at the LA Auto Show, an EV offering a 130 HP electric motor alongside a 20+ kWh lithium ion battery. Fast forward half a year, and the small electric car has been dubbed the most efficient retail EV in the US, offering an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles. Calculated out, this comes out as a 119MPGe equivalent.

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Chevrolet Spark EV slips in under $25k

Chevrolet Spark EV slips in under $25k

Chevrolet has officially revealed its 2014 Spark EV, a new plug-in electric city car with a sub-$25,000 price tag after tax incentives, though the company isn't talking specific range yet. The new compact, unveiled at the LA Auto Show 2012 and following in the tire-prints of the Chevy Volt, and has a GM-designed 130 HP electric motor for 400 lb.ft of torque, and a 20+ kWh li-ion battery which together the car company claims are good for best-in-class acceleration and range. The Spark EV will do the 0-60mph dash in under 8s.

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Chevrolet MyLink gains Siri integration today in 2013 Sonic and Spark

Chevrolet MyLink gains Siri integration today in 2013 Sonic and Spark

Starting today, those of you with a Chevrolet Sonic or a Chevrolet Spark working with Chevrolet MyLink with your iPhone will be able to work with Siri eyes-free integration. This update takes on what was promised back in November of last year and what we got to see with our own eyes that same month in an early preview, making it real for real-world vehicle owners. With Siri integration, users will be able to connect their iPhone (any model that works with Siri natively) completely wirelessly and jump on in to Eyes Free mode.

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Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Siri is hitching a ride in the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LZ and RS, with support for the voice control system in the MyLink infotainment systems; meanwhile, an all-new version will debut in the 2014 Impala. The Siri functionality, announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2013, allows a Bluetooth-connected iPhone to play songs, switch sources from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode, trigger calls to contacts, handle messaging, and the calendar, all by verbal instruction. It's not the sole preserve of big-bucks Chevys, either, with the car company opting to debut the tech in its more affordable models.

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Chevrolet “Connected by OnStar” 4G detailed for 2014: Hands-on

Chevrolet “Connected by OnStar” 4G detailed for 2014: Hands-on

Chevrolet has detailed its "Connected by OnStar" 4G intentions for 2014, confirming which of the cars in its range will be first to get AT&T LTE as standard, and we went hands-on with some of the first apps for the new connected car platform. First announced back at Mobile World Congress 2013, the scheme will see 4G connectivity no longer the preserve of luxury vehicles alone, with GM choosing a spread of cars from the cheapest Spark through to the feistiest Corvette Stingray to be among the first models to go online. It's not just turning a car into a mobile hotspot, either; Chevrolet aims to use the technology to demystify the whole vehicle ownership experience.

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Chevy Spark adds Fast Charge and route re-mapping to avoid range anxiety

Chevy Spark adds Fast Charge and route re-mapping to avoid range anxiety

Chevrolet's Spark could slip under the all-important $20k barrier, assuming government eco-car subsidies work in your favor, with the EV priced up ahead of its showroom arrival in mid-June. The sticker price of the battery-powered Chevy will be $27,495, the company has confirmed, but it hopes a brace of tax credits, incentives, and a new lease option will see the car hit Tesla Model S style popularity, rather than moldering like a Nissan Leaf.

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