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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 Spuke on 11/27/2012 11:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
grimy gas stations
Speak for your sh!thole town. Gas stations are very clean where I live. Even the diesel pumps are clean. I agree with Ring and Nutzo, Spark EV is not worth the price at all with a significantly cheaper gas version available.

RE: These Tax Credits Are Rediculous
By Mint on 11/28/2012 6:46:20 AM , Rating: 2
Significantly cheaper and significantly slower.

I think the gas one is too slow to be usable.

RE: These Tax Credits Are Rediculous
By Spuke on 11/28/2012 9:27:09 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree on it being slow.

RE: These Tax Credits Are Rediculous
By jimbojimbo on 11/28/2012 11:34:25 AM , Rating: 1
They're both slow so I don't see the point in the argument. It's still WAY too expensive.

RE: These Tax Credits Are Rediculous
By Mint on 11/28/2012 12:56:10 PM , Rating: 3
0-60 in under 8s is slow? Since when?

By MichaelR on 11/28/2012 4:58:04 PM , Rating: 2
Gas stations are very clean where I live

Really? You might want to read this, and then go wash your hands:

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