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Spark EV can go 82 miles on full charge

Back in November of last year, Chevrolet started talking up its new Spark electric vehicle. One of the more interesting things that Chevrolet offered up about the small electric vehicle was that it would have impressive performance, being able to reach 60 mph in under 8 seconds.
Chevrolet also announced the retail pricing for the vehicle at $32,495 before the $7500 federal tax credit. After that tax credit is applied, the new Spark EV would sell for under $25,000.
Chevrolet has offered up some additional information about the Spark this week. The EPA estimated electric driving range for the Spark is 82 miles on full charge. The EPA gives the vehicle a combined city/highway fuel economy equivalent of 119MPGe.

Chevrolet says that the Sparky EV could save owners as much as $9,000 in fuel costs over five years.

“Being able to provide our customers with the best overall efficiency of any retail EV has always been a key target for the Spark EV engineering team,” said Pam Fletcher, GM executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles. “We’re poised to deliver to the market an EV that’s not just efficient, but also thrilling to drive thanks to the 400 lb-ft torque output of its electric motor.”

The Spark uses a 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that carries an eight-year or 100,000 mile warranty. The Spark will also be the first vehicle to have an option for the SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging. This charging capability will be available shortly after launch and will allow the Spark EV to recharge to up to 80% of its total capacity in only 20 min. Chevrolet says the vehicle could handle multiple DC Fast Charges each day. Standard charging takes under seven hours using a dedicated 240 V charger. The vehicle comes standard with a 120 V charge cord.
The vehicle is set to go on sale this summer in California and Oregon before a broader rollout at a later date.

Source: GM

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RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By KillerNoodle on 4/25/2013 10:56:54 AM , Rating: 2
The sticker clearly states that the numbers are based on 15,000 miles a year.

RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By AssBall on 4/25/2013 2:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
Then how on earth could you save 9k with a 119 mile per gallon car? The estimate is retarded.

RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By mcnabney on 4/25/2013 2:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
Easy, they compare the cost of owning the EV with the cost of owning a Hummer H1.

RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By robert5c on 4/25/2013 2:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
have you even attempted that math?

15,000 x 5 = 75,000 miles
using the 23 mpg average car figure

75,000 ÷ 23 = 3260.9 gallons used
75,000 ÷ 119 = 630.25 equivalent gallons used (also consider as cost of the electricity)

3260.9 - 630.25 = 2630.65 gallons saved, or not used.

2630.65 x $3.50 = $9207.27 dollars not spent, saved.

according to the FTC average price of a new car sold in the US is $30,000, so lets just say similar since depending on what your taxes look like you'll either pay a little less or a little more on this car.

RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By AssBall on 4/25/2013 3:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
Saving more is the new spending less!

Get a grip.

RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By robert5c on 4/25/2013 3:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
to add to the last point about the average car.

i know some say this is a 15k car being sold for 25-32.5k.
i was just trying to show against the baseline average owner how they got their figure.

i think we can safely assume this is should be a better trim then the base $12,995 Chevy Spark, as usually hybrid and EVs try to be. better performance is a plus. so the best comparison may be the EV spark vs gas higher trim at $16,820. With a avg combined figure of 35 you save only $5294.

Therefore up to 75,000 miles if you choose the gas version you do cost less, only after 115,000 miles does the EV potentially save you money.

RE: $9000 over 5 years????
By AssBall on 4/26/2013 4:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
These "Assumptive" savings are ignoring so much though .

Do you commute in Raleigh or Billings. Trust me the maintenance difference on esp light EV's is enormous.

How much do you pay for a a 6hr Charge? How much for gas. What kind of driver are you?

Do you like being shut inside an econobox for 42 hours a year extra (estimated time commuters waste in US cities). (how many dollars is that potentially)?

I'd be surprised if 2% of the people who buy this "save" anything over driving a Corolla.

Estimates based on restricted data are assumptions.

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