For a city car, the Chevrolet Spark fits the bill. Zipping around town in this mini car with its excellent dashboard infotainment center might feel a bit like being inside a video game. It is not the largest of the electric vehicle market, but packs a punch for its price range starting at $13,000 and can be a perfect option for the driver looking to simplify.
Clearly the environmental advantages to driving an EV reside in the battery of each one of these cars. The EPA estimates that the average car owner will save $9000 over the course of 5 years on buying gas. This equates to a savings of about $150 a month for drivers of battery operated cars.
With no gas and tailpipe emissions, the Spark will make less impact than your typical gas powered car. One thing that car manufacturers know is that the carbon footprint with the EV car market is not completely invisible.
There is still some impact to the environment due to the manufacturing of the cars, like any vehicle. The impact generated by powering them up, depending on the power grid and electrical costs wherever it resides, is still less than the impact of fueling a car with gasoline.
The Spark is a five door hatchback considered to be a subcompact car or mini car. It is actually quite nice when it comes to the interior, giving the driver a neat design, utilizing sensible materials like cloth and hard plastics. Chevy accomplished combining durability and simplicity with the design of this spright little compact.
The infotainment center on the Spark is a techno wonder, due to its simplicity, design and options, all packed onto a seven inch display screen. Apple CarPlay, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, OnStar hotspot, Siri Eyes Free, and Android Auto are all options for the techies.
The drawbacks to the Chevrolet Spark are really quite obvious in its size and cargo ability. Anyone can see that this car was not designed or purposed for driving a lot of people around or hauling a lot of weight.
Although it seats comfortably four people and the seats in the back fold down for a decent amount of storage, it’s meant for daily jaunts around the city. The strain on the engine is a bit much for anything outside the city, as it is simply underpowered on the highway and hills.
With a standard rear vision camera, you will not have any problem backing up. The Chevy Spark is a breeze to turn and park, making it safer to drive. Lane departure warning, forward collision alert and rear park assist are all available on the Spark models.
It is equipped with 10 standard airbags and a high-strength steel safety cage. There is also the OnStar Guidance plan with Automatic Crash Response with a limited service trial. The Chevrolet Spark is well equipped to add an element of spontaneity into its owner’s life, while responsibly protecting its passengers and delivering a full measure of fun.