Chevy Spark EV launch delayed and other confusion

The Chevrolet Spark EV is getting closer to launch, and the closer we get, the more details GM is releasing. However, there have been some conflicting reports and misleading information that’s been reported. Thanks to our friends at Inside EVs, they took the time to set the record straight.

For example, one spec on the Spark EV is the torque rating of 400lb-ft. That would be more than 100 lb-ft more than the Tesla Roadster, but if we dig deeper we realize the 400 comes from the measurement after the torque reduction gear, not the direct motor measurement. The electric motor in the Spark electric vehicle will likely be around the 150lb-ft to 175 lb-ft mark.

Equally confusing is the battery capacity. The 2014 Spark EV website says 20kWh, but GM press releases are still saying 21 kWh.

The SAE combo quick charger is an optional feature, but the website says “Late Availability” and specifies compatible stations won’t be around until late 2013. We have no idea what late availability means.

Availability is still a little bit confusing. Back in March, GM specifically said the Spark EV would “be in dealerships by July if all goes to plan.” Now, Chevy’s website says “In limited quantities late 2013.” That leads us to guess something hasn’t gone according to plan? Or does July qualify as late 2013 since it is the first month in the second half of the year?

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Alan Moeller

By Alan Moeller

EV car evangelist! I read, watch, write, research and chat all things electric cars. Got a lead on a story? Shoot me a message on Facebook.


  1. I just got a Chevy Spark LT2 EV. When charging at home, does the light on the dash is green, and the charger r green but it’s not even 80%,? I plugged it in over nite, I unplug my washer that’s on a breaker on its own ? Is that ok ? , 110,, 120==
    #newatthis,, I love it,

  2. 2016 Chevy Spark Lt2 EV. Love this car, need more information, on maintain!! And how to charge at home until I can afford a Juice Box charge,. $400 wow. Didn’t factor that in , my town has no charge ports ,. Help

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