Set to go on sale late this summer in limited markets, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV is a dead ringer for its gasoline-powered sibling. The EV features Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, complete with a 7-inch touch-screen display. Smartphone connectivity via USB or Bluetooth allows users to stream music and sync apps such as BringGo Navigation, Pandora and Stitcher from their phones to the MyLink system.
The Spark EV is also the first vehicle to support Apple’s Siri Eyes-Free mode integration, allowing iPhone users to access the voice-activated assistant by pressing the voice control button on the Spark’s steering wheel. An OnStar RemoteLink app lets drivers check their vehicle’s charge, tire pressure and other information remotely via their smartphone.
Chevy estimates the Spark EV’s 20-kWh lithium-ion battery will charge from empty to 80 percent in 20 minutes via an optional charger. Unfortunately, there’s no word on estimated range.