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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 Mint on 11/28/2012 5:23:25 AM , Rating: 0
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.
Ringold, if you had any grasp about the economics of these markets you wouldn't make such an ignorant statement.

Phones and laptops have completely different requirements. A 2000 cycle battery life on a phone or laptop versus one with 1000 cycles is completely useless in that market, because the latter will outlive the warranty anyway. In a car with battery recycling, cost per mile is almost proportional to cycle count. Cost reduction is also very low on priorities compared to energy density. 50% more density will easily fetch 5x as much per kWh, because going from $4 to $20 in a $500 phone is nothing compared when you get glowing reviews for battery life. That's where research is focused. For a car, energy density is an issue that can be worked around, and cost is the #1 issue. Finally there's the cooling and safety systems for car batteries, the cost of which can vary drastically with battery design, and are negligible for laptop/phone systems due to the vastly lower scale.

So you're dead wrong. Car battery research would not progress at anywhere near the same rate without critical EV sales volume.
So it's okay to waste millions, since it's chump change compared to the trillion dollar deficit?
It's only waste with your qualitative and biased opinion.

It's an easy societal win already. Look at the CMax Energi vs the similarly equipped CMax SEL. The PHEV is only $4750 more than the HEV before credits, but will save way more than that in gas over the lifetime of the vehicle. Consumers don't take that kind of risk, though. Individually, they also don't benefit more than a few pennies from an EV's impact on the trade deficit, while society and the gov't does.

And yes, the fact that these subsidies are so small in the grand scheme of things DOES matter. They're a kickstart, and will fade out just like the regular hybrid credits did.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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