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Spark EV will come with an 8-year/100,000 mile battery warranty

We've talked about Chevrolet's Spark EV for quite some time. Over the past year, numerous details have been revealed about the vehicle. Most recently, it was revealed that the vehicle's 130hp/400 lb-ft torque electric motor was good enough to propel it to 60 mph in less than eight seconds.
 
Today, we've learned that General Motors has priced the vehicle at "under $25,000" when tax credits are taken into account. In other words, we're expecting that the vehicle will actually priced at $32,495 before the $7,500 federal tax credit is applied.
 
For comparison, the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric are priced at $35,200 and $39,995 respectively before the $7,500 federal tax credit kicks in. Depending on where you live, the Spark EV might also quality for state tax credits/rebates that would knock the price down even further.
 
According to GM, the Spark EV features a 560-pound lithium-ion battery pack that is warrantied for 8-years/100,000 miles. This should be enough to give peace of mind to customers who plan on keeping the vehicle for more than the typical 5-year loan period.
 
The Spark EV will also be the first vehicle that features SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capabilities. This allows the Spark EV to reach 80 percent of its charge within 20 minutes. Getting recharging times down to reasonable levels is a critical in the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. and this is a much needed step in that direction.
 
“The Spark EV battery has undergone more than 200,000 hours of testing in our global battery systems labs,” said Pamela Fletcher, Chevrolet executive chief engineer of electrified vehicles. “It is extremely durable and has undergone the same abuse tolerance testing as the Volt battery.”
 
GM still hasn't provided us details on how far the Spark EV will travel on a charge, but we expect to learn more details closer to its Summer 2013 launch.

Source: GM



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Great
By Ammohunt on 11/27/2012 2:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
Still priced way to high for what it is; i'm not impressed.




RE: Great
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/27/2012 2:56:14 PM , Rating: 3
What I want to know is how cargo capacity is affected. It's not like the regular Spark is a big vehicle anyway -- it only has 11.4 cu ft of cargo space with the rear seats up.

It'll likely be much worse in the Spark EV.


RE: Great
By Flunk on 11/27/2012 4:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
I highly suspect that the number comes down to 0 cargo space, at least functionally. The Spark is a pretty hard sell in the US at any price and this pricey, electric version is not going anywhere. It's just too small.


RE: Great
By Flunk on 11/27/2012 4:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
Or perhaps we're just too big.

I'm 6'4" and I couldn't drive this. Some sub-compacts are even too small.


RE: Great
By FITCamaro on 11/27/2012 10:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
They're just trying to stream line your death. When you get killed in this thing from a shopping cart hitting you, they can just take the wheels off and bury you in it.


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