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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 11/29/2012 3:43:27 PM , Rating: 1
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No it couldn't, because EVs are charged at night when production is below capacity due to lack of demand (i.e. nowhere to export).


Partly. They start charging when people get home from work, actually, according to research done and reported here at DT from Texas earlier this year, and create a new peak in demand as people come home, turn on the AC/heat, plug in the car and fire up the big screen TV. They foresee significant problems with the grid with even moderate market penetration for EVs.

On the other side of the coin, GE has started a trend of new gas turbines that are designed to spool up and down rapidly to match demand and fluctuating output from "green" sources. Once more widely adopted, then absolutely that's energy that could be exported.

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I don't know why Indy does that, but it's not common,


Because you don't leave your bubble doesn't mean that there arent powerplants all around. Some times if you're not looking close it's hard to even spot them, so you're forgiven. But I've never hopped on the highway, driven 10 miles out of town, and found powerplants built all out in the middle of no where,have you?

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Not for PHEVs like the Volt. I admit that pure EVs have a limited market, but let them sell as much as they want.


This isn't a PHEV, you're off topic. And absolutely let them sell all they want, without our tax money bankrolling it.

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The rare earth argument, which you seem to be alluding to, is overblown. Tesla and Nissan don't even use any for their EVs.


Motors that don't use them tend to be less efficient, but I was more thinking lithium and nickel, used in the 2 common battery types.

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No they're not. They bought under $1T of gov't debt since 2007


If you go back to 2007, that conveniently includes 2008 when they shed a lot of assets. You're vastly misrepresenting data, or don't get whats been going on more recently, or the full range of measures the Fed's using to quietly soak up treasuries (like paying interest on reserves).

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A dollar consumed by the gov't is at most a few pennies that can't be consumed by the private sector.


A dollar enters a bank, and is then..
a) Loaned out
b) Parked in short-term govt debt if core capital ratios need boosting
c) Paid out as a dividend so the economy can do something with it if the bank has no profitable use for it

That's just how the world works. As to why companies are sitting on trillions of dollars, the fundamentals of the economy aren't too awful, they're just absolutely terrified to invest, thanks to the fiscal cliff, long-term fiscal deficits, regulatory cliff, Europe, and the rich-world suicide cult of politicians that, like you, refuse to recognize all of the above and can't seem to find a government program they don't like.


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