You don't necessarily have to pay a big premium to go green, as evidenced by our 5-Year Cost to Own Award winner in the Best Electric/Plug-in category. As the eco-friendliest version of the automaker's smallest offering, the Chevrolet Spark EV packs even more personality into its small but surprisingly roomy dimensions. Currently offered for sale only in California and Oregon, the Spark EV also boasts an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.
The Spark EV gets its go from a 140-horsepower electric motor that develops 400 lb-ft of instant torque, powering the 5-door/4-passenger minicar to 60 mph in a surprising and impressive 7.5 seconds. The rear-mounted battery pack gives the car an estimated range of 82 miles, and helps power the all-electric Spark to a top speed of 90 mph. It's even fun when the going gets twisty, with the tiny dimensions and responsive acceleration imparting more than a small dose of go-kart feel.
The Chevrolet Spark EV also offers an impressive list of standard equipment, including a programmable instrument display, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar, driver-selectable Normal/Sport operating modes, a full complement of power assists and 10 airbags. A fully loaded Spark EV is outfitted with leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.
A full charge takes about 17 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, but most owners don't usually need a full charge to top off the tank, so to speak. A dedicated 240V charging unit will provide a full charge in less than seven hours, while the optional DC Fast Charger setup will refill the battery to 80-percent capacity in just 20 minutes.