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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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RE: These Tax Credits Are Rediculous
By Ringold on 11/27/2012 4:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oh please, the volume on these products are so low that the credits/rebates are chump change

So it's okay to waste millions, since it's chump change compared to the trillion dollar deficit? Well okay then, since millions are apparently nothing, why don't you toss me a quick mil? It's chump change, after all.

Another point: The taxes on the wealthy Democrats are so furious about? Could hike them to 100% and, assuming they didn't flee the country, it wouldn't get close to closing our deficit.

I also disagree it's meant as research, and that it needs to be done. By a thousand mile stretch the #1 issue is battery cost and capacity. These people know how to build vehicles with spinning wheels. It's an utter waste of time until the battery tech is there to make it desirable. No, these are nothing more than false flags or tributes they're forced to lay at the feet of their political masters in DC, lest they get called in front of Congress yet again and grilled by people who, by and large, couldn't successfully operate a lemonade stand.

And don't try to make the argument battery R&D wouldn't happen otherwise. Batteries of exactly the same underlying technology is central to the modern existence of the Western consumer life. EV production could fall to zero, and some subsidized battery manufacturers that cater 100% to automakers would disappear, but R&D to advance batteries, and the phones, laptops, tablets, hearing aids, marine applications and everything else that they power would advance on without hardly a skipped beat.

By GulWestfale on 11/27/2012 5:11:37 PM , Rating: 1
25 grand for a Korean subcompact? are you kidding me??

RE: These Tax Credits Are Rediculous
By Mint on 11/28/12, Rating: 0
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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