Pricing for the Chevy Spark EV starts at $27,495 which can be as low as $19,995 after the $7500 federal tax credit. Although that’s one of the lowest price of all the electric vehicles currently available, it’s still quite a bit more than the $12,185 that a gasoline powered Spark costs.
Today Chevy announced that the 2014 Spark EV will be available for leasing at $199 a month. That lease price matches the lease prices for the Nissan Leaf and the Fiat 500e. While the Spark EV has a $999 down payment like the Fiat 500e, the Nissan Leaf has a $1,999 down payment.
It should be noted the lease is a low mileage lease – miles over the 12,000 per year will cost $0.25 each.
The Spark EV goes on sale in Oregon and California in the middle of June, and it’s rated at 119 MPGe combined with an all electric range of 82 miles.
Spark EV will be the first vehicle on the market to offer as an available option compatibility with the recently approved SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging. With DC quick charging via the SAE combo charger, drivers can refill the Spark EV’s battery pack to 80% capacity in about 20 minutes. (when SAE charging stations become available).
“The Chevrolet Spark EV is the most efficient – and now one of the most affordable – EVs you can buy” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “Combined with outstanding infotainment and great design, the fun-to-drive Spark EV is engineered to impress.”
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will offer several forms of in-vehicle connectivity, including the MyLink infotainment system that includes a seven-inch touch screen and integration with third-party apps and features such as Siri Eyes Free, Pandora and BringGo navigation.
Because the Spark EV operates only on electricity, drivers will need to know if they can reach their destination on a single charge. The Spark EV Waypoint tab, which is integrated into the RemoteLink app, can quickly plot a waypoint route with recommended charging stations if the route is beyond the vehicle’s remaining range.