GM said that its electric Chevrolet Spark mini-car can get 82 miles per gallon, which means the model is among the leaders in this segment in the US.
The Chevrolet Spark EV also got 119 miles per gallon when tested by the US Environmental Protection Agency. GM claims that the model is the most efficient vehicle available for public sale and that the figure it offered is for combined highway and city driving.
The Spark EV will go on sale in Oregon and California in July, for less that $32,500, without the $7,500 federal tax credit. The automaker did not mention when the model will go on sale in other markets. The moment chosen for the Spark to make its entrance is quite risky as gasoline prices in the US are relatively now, around $3.52 per gallon of regular gas, with 33 lower compared with the same period last year.
According to the car manufacturer, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV can return 119 MPGe, being over the Honda Fit EV (118 MPGe), the Fiat 500e (116 MPGe) or the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe). The model has an electric motor which offers 130 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery.