Chevrolet says the Spark EV can speed up from zero to 96 kilometers an hour in less than eight seconds.
Sausalito, Calif. — Toyota has become synonymous for them. Ford is launching a bunch of them. And Honda is working on getting some.
No, I’m not talking about product recalls. I’m speaking of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles — the best known of which is Toyota’s iconic Prius.
The marriage of gasoline-fired internal combustion engines and electric motors have become a convenient way for automakers to meet ever-tightening government fuel economy standards without drastically reducing customers’ desire for performance. They don’t inflict “range anxiety” like pure electric vehicles and, more importantly, work within the existing (and foreseeable future) global refueling infrastructure.
The Spark EV will set a benchmark in performance for an urban city electric vehicleNo doubt, the electrification of the automobile — whether it’s in the form of “mild” hybrids (with their stop/start systems), full hybrids (like the Prius, that recharge themselves), plug-in hybrids (like the Chevrolet Volt, that add a bit more electric-only driving) or pure electric vehicles (like the Nissan Leaf) — has proven to be a quick fix for the auto industry. And within the growing e-car portfolio, the industry sees traditional, full hybrids continuing to make up the vast majority of electrified vehicle sales.