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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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Their math seems to be off
By 91TTZ on 4/25/2013 11:39:26 AM , Rating: 1
They say it can save you $9000 in fuel costs over 5 years.

The average gas price is $3.50.

9000/3.5 = 2571 gallons

Now let's compare this electric version to the gas version of the same car that gets 32/28 mpg:

2571 x 32 = 82,272 miles

Over 5 years, that would be 16,454 miles per year.

It looks like their math doesn't work out even if you assume that it costs absolutely nothing to recharge this electric version (which is completely unrealistic).

RE: Their math seems to be off
By ERROR666 on 4/25/2013 11:44:44 AM , Rating: 1
they assume that avg new car gets 23mpg. It's on the label. So it looks different now, although still way too optimistic. Inreality I think you might be able to save some money, just not as much money. At thesame time you'll drive a piece of shit car.

RE: Their math seems to be off
By Ammohunt on 4/25/2013 2:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
You also have to factor in the price difference between models which buys a lot of gas. Economically this car just does not make sense on the other hand, environmentally its a tree hugging win!

RE: Their math seems to be off
By robert5c on 4/25/2013 2:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
check my post below doing the math, i'm not sure why people say this doesn't add up...

RE: Their math seems to be off
By Mint on 4/25/2013 8:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
"Save $9000 over the average new vehicle"

A 32 MPG car would have a sticker on it that also declares savings of a few grand over the average.

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