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How Much Can a Chevy Spark EV Tow?

How Much Can a Chevy Spark EV Tow?
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How much can a Chevy Spark EV tow you ask? We will try and answer that question for you today.

The Chevy Spark has an interesting backstory. First launched in 1998 as the Daewoo Matiz, the car was originally only available in various Asian countries. After General Motors completed their takeover of Daewoo in 2002, the car was re-branded and sold as a few different iterations under the Pontiac and Chevy umbrellas. The all-electric version of the Chevy Spark debuted in the United States in 2013. This was GM’s first introduction of an all-electric vehicle (EV) since the controversial discontinuation of the company’s groundbreaking EV1 in 1999.

End of an Era

As the old adage goes: all good things must come to an end. For the Spark EV, that end came in 2016. Having sold only around 7,400 units in 3 years, the Spark was not an incredible success. What it did do however, was pave the way for the wildly successful Chevy Bolt, which also debuted in 2016. As Caleb Jacob of thedrive.com put it:

“Chevrolet continues on their path to producing one of the most surprising cars to come out of Detroit in awhile. Whereas we once expected all of the hype to come out of the California based Tesla, Chevrolet has stolen some of their thunder by releasing the Bolt EV prior to the Model 3’s summer debut. They owe a big “thanks” to the Spark EV that made it all possible.”

An EV Oddity

Used Chevy Sparks can still be purchased in the United States, although there aren’t a whole lot of them to choose from. One feature of the Spark that made it popular with a certain niche market was its ability to produce 400 lb. ft. of torque from the electric motor. This means that the tiny little Spark actually has a decent towing capacity. While the Spark isn’t going to compete with the Silverado pickup in any towing challenges, it can be used to tow small loads on a limited basis. A participant in this thread found on the mychevysparkev.com forum claimed that they were able to attach a trailer hitch to their 2014 Spark EV and haul a 4 x 8 trailer full of wood. What’s even more amazing is that they claim to have lost only 30% battery capacity while doing so!

Unfortunately, dear readers, I cannot give you a specific number when it comes to how much a Chevy Spark EV can tow. Chevrolet does not recommend towing anything with any of its subcompact cars. The company is so serious about this policy that they will even void the warranty on any subcompact with an installed trailer hitch. Once your car is out of warranty however…

To the Pioneers!

While we here at enrg.io would never encourage our readers to do anything unsafe. As such, we cannot advise you to attach a trailer hitch to your Spark EV and throw caution to the wind. Still, we admire the spirit of car cowboys like Rich Benoit and Phil Shadow who are willing to push the envelope when it comes to cars and their capabilities. We salute you!

What do our readers think? Is it possible to safely tow small loads with the Chevy Spark or are you just asking for trouble if you do? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

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Neil Brooks
Neil Brooks is an electric vehicle owner and lover currently based in the greater Washington D.C. area. Neil is a fan of all things electric and may be the only person in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to own both an electric leaf blower and an electric chainsaw. When he's not busy blogging about the latest on electric technology he enjoys grilling, rock climbing, and taking naps in his hammock.