2014 Spark EV Test Drive is Range Record Setter

Usually, the Chevrolet Spark EV can hit 82 miles easy, based on its EPA-estimated 119 MPGe rating. Recently though, Chevrolet engineers bragged that the Spark EV has the capacity to actually go about twice that distance on a single charge…if pushed to do so. Digital Trends decided to test out that boast—and the results were outstanding.

The folks at Digital Trends took the Spark EV to a racetrack, set all dials to optimal efficiency mode—turning off MyLink and climate control systems, for starters—and hit the track. Just because they were on a racetrack, doesn’t mean they were speeding along. In fact, they drove the Spark EV at a consistent speed of just 18.5 mph. There’s nothing slow or even remotely boring about the results of their distance test. The Spark EV held on for six hours of driving out of its battery; ending the test drive after finally running out of juice after 139.7 miles of driving.

This is far more impressive than you might think. Even Chevy’s engineers audibly gasped at the accomplishment, according to Digital Trends. So if you can stand to drive a little slower than the average blue-haired maven, you can get 140 miles out of your Spark EV too. On the other hand, if you think you might want to drive a little closer to the speed limit, you can still get some pretty incredible mileage out of a Spark EV. We’ve got a few at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet just waiting for you to get here.

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