Chevrolet’s Attempt at a Purely Electric Spark is a Huge Success

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV was introduced to the world last Tuesday, and we immediately felt a buzz in the air when it happened.  To date, Chevrolet accounts for over 50 percent of all EV sales in the United States, and the technology behind the Spark really piggy-backs off of what we’ve already seen in the Volt by taking what already works and improving it.

First off, the 2014 Spark EV is expected to have the best range of any car currently in the EV segment.  Plus, its motor and drive unit are expected to deliver best-in-class acceleration.

“When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mpg in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America.

Also, the 2014 Spark EV will be equipped with two seven-inch, high-resolution LCD screens for displaying on-the-fly vehicle updates and infotainment.  Our favorite feature, though, is the DC Fast Charging capability.  With this, your Spark is able to be charged to 80 percent capacity within 20 minutes.  That means no more waiting over night for a charge!

Although initial markets for the Spark are mainly in the Western United States, we hope it won’t be long for the Spark EV to reach Kentucky!

GM is Ready to Focus on EVs in the Next Five Years

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Five years is like a life time when it comes to technology.  Think about it: between the years 2007 and 2012, smart phones were developed, LED lighting was perfected, we gained “cloud” computing and social media hit its stride with Facebook.  Who knows where technology will take cars in the next five years?

GM is taking a guess where they’ll be, and that is focusing on electric vehicles, or “EVs.”  GM even says that they are prepared to have 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2017.  That’s a bold statement.  Don’t get us wrong, we love the Volt, but even those wonder cars are closer to having 20,000 units sold so far this year than 100,000.

Of course, though, GM isn’t claiming they’ll have half a million fully-electric vehicles like the Volt on the road by 2017.  They’re including vehicles that have systems like eAssist as well.  Even so, there are bound to be several more fully-electric vehicles on the road by 2017 (hopefully the Cadillac ELR concept car is one of them), and we’re excited to see where GM will fit into the future’s “EV world.”

Our Top Three Picks for a Fuel Efficient Chevy

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With gas prices as high as they are, a fuel efficient car is a must-have for many households.  Lucky for you, we have great line up of fuel-efficient vehicles from Chevy that gives you great mpg without losing an ounce of style, power or sensibility.  We have taken the liberty of listing our top choices for cars that offer great fuel efficiency:

  1. Chevrolet Cruze – This compact car offers an impressive 42 mpg while maintaining incredible efficiency and modern features.  Not to mention it’s not bad to look at and comes standard with 10 airbags.
  2. Chevrolet Volt – We never fail to be impressed with the capabilities of the Chevy Volt, which gets 94 mpg on the highway when it’s only using electric. Even when only using gas, the design of this cutting-edge car is sure to please any driver with a still-impressive 40 mpg on the highway.  Plus, it’s got enough technology and intuitive features to please anyone.
  3. Chevrolet Sonic – One of Chevy’s newest showstoppers, the Sonic is always prepared to turn a head or two with its style.  Between its fine-tuned agility, extensive features and 40 mpg on the highway, there is absolutely no going wrong here.