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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV in San Francisco  (Source: automobilemag.com)
The 2014 Spark will also have a SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging

General Motors (GM) has released some new information about its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, which it claims will excel in power and range.

According to GM, the 2014 Spark EV will have an oil-cooled magnet motor that is capable of 130 HP, or 100 kW. Coupled with the 400 lb.-ft. of torque, the Spark can reach 0-60 mph in under eight seconds. 

“When our team set out to develop the propulsion system for Spark EV, we knew we had to provide surprising fun-to-drive acceleration with maximum efficiency,” said Spark EV Chief Engineer Chuck Russell.

“What we think customers will enjoy most is how fun Spark EV is to drive; it’s seamless and power is available at every stage of the drive. This will help us to provide an exciting option for those customers who are looking for an EV that’s as much fun to drive as it is environmentally responsible.”

Aside from power, Spark has another attractive feature: it's charging abilities. According to GM, the 2014 Spark will have a SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging, allowing an 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes. This will certainly allow for more EV range within Spark's lithium ion battery pack, which will be over 20 kWh. 

Last year, it was announced that the Spark would use a different battery pack from the Volt after an investigation was launched into the cause of a fire during NHTSA testing. Instead, it was said the Spark would use batteries built by A123 Systems. The A123 batteries are less fire prone as they use lithium phosphate chemistry. However, A123 Systems just recently filed for bankruptcy.

GM also made sure to mention that the Spark EV's motor and drive system will both be manufactured in early 2013 in the United States -- which is a first. 

Source: General Motors



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Main thing!
By tanjali on 11/19/2012 6:16:54 PM , Rating: 5
Range???




RE: Main thing!
By Spuke on 11/19/2012 6:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
Like to know the range as well.


RE: Main thing!
By Guspaz on 11/19/2012 7:19:19 PM , Rating: 2
At 20 kWh, the range will be pretty horrible. Put it this way, the Leaf gets 100-150 kilometres on a 24 kWh battery, so this thing will be similar. The Model S it ain't.


RE: Main thing!
By YashBudini on 11/19/2012 7:44:53 PM , Rating: 1
Weight is also a factor.


RE: Main thing!
By Alexvrb on 11/20/2012 12:55:52 AM , Rating: 3
Now now, let's not let physics get in the way. Next you're going to tell me that aerodynamics play a role especially at highway speeds, or some such nonsense.


RE: Main thing!
By Guspaz on 11/20/2012 3:57:18 PM , Rating: 3
The weight and aerodynamics don't look all that different on this thing that the Leaf. In fact, the Spark seems to have a virtually identical chassis to the Leaf. There are probably some minor differences, but when your chassis is a clone, it's not going to be that far off.


RE: Main thing!
By Jedi2155 on 11/20/2012 1:55:34 AM , Rating: 1
For one thing, the Leaf probably uses 22 kWh and this thing is smaller than a leaf.

I'm going to bet a EPA rated range of 60-80 miles though.


RE: Main thing!
By Hulk on 11/20/2012 8:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
At best it will do 4 miles/kWHr. Figure 15kWHr of the 20kWHr battery is actually usable, deep discharges seriously decrease battery life. And you have a range of about 60 miles. They will quote like 85 miles but real world testing will show about 60. You'll see.


RE: Main thing!
By jharper12 on 11/20/2012 8:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
"This will certainly allow for more EV range within Spark's lithium ion battery pack, which will be over 20 kWh. "

Reading comprehension.

"Over 20 kWh" != "20 kWh"


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