2016 Chevy Spark EV
Chevy's Spark EV... the "hot hatch" you didn't know about.
While the mainstream news about electric cars seem to be centered around Tesla and other newer models, it seems that people have forgotten about the little EV sleeper hot hatch: The Chevy Spark EV. After GM crushed most of the EV1 models in the early 2000's, they seemed like they wanted to redeem themselves with their next offering, and redeem themselves they did. The 2014 model year Spark EV had some impressive numbers packing 140hp and a tire smoking 400lb.-ft. of torque. In 2015, they made some small changes to the gearing and also reduced the torque rating to just 327lb.-ft... however that is still more than a 2020 V6 Camaro!
Considering that the Spark EV weighs less than 3000lbs, when you can put the power to the ground, it will move. From 15-55mph this car is a blast to drive! Unfortunately, choosing to focus on the Bolt EV, GM made the decision to cut the Spark EV from it's lineup after completing the 2016 model. Which in ways is a big shame because this car had a lot of potential. However, there is a fairly significant benefit too: Price. Even the 2016 Spark EVs can be had for less than $12,000 on models with under 30,000 miles. And you don't have to worry about the usual concerns of buying a used car either. The Spark EV came with an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty on the battery and major components. Sure, for around the same money you could buy any number of used gas powered cars, but then you'd have all the expense and maintenance to worry about. So if you really want a "hot hatch," for very little money, you can't beat the Chevy Spark EV. So what are you waiting for? Go get one!
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