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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: Incorrect
By FITCamaro on 4/25/2013 12:08:10 PM , Rating: 2
It does matter because you're financing the full amount.

There should be no tax credit in the first place anyway.

RE: Incorrect
By Manch on 4/25/2013 2:07:19 PM , Rating: 2
Chevrolet says that the Sparky EV could save owners as much as $9,000 in fuel costs over five years.

It should read:

Chevrolet says that the Sparky EV could save owners as much as $7,500 in fuel costs over five years by fleecing tax payers.

RE: Incorrect
By Ammohunt on 4/25/13, Rating: 0
RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/25/2013 3:19:03 PM , Rating: 1
because if you can't afford this vehicle then you are not even paying that much taxes. A person making 30k pays 2.6k in taxes. A person making 100k will pay 19k in taxes. That's just federal only.

Usually a person making 30k will pay after 2k or less a year after everything. A person making 100k will pay 20k after everything.

Then you figure in the fact that the guy making 100k pays into social security $6200 while the guy making 30k pays only about 2k. In the end, they'll probably receive the same social security paycheck since it is capped at a pretty low amount.

So in summary
1. If you make more then you pay A LOT MORE
2. If you make less then you pay MUCH LESS
3. You both enjoy the same freaking government benefits of equal value.

Don't blame wealthier people because you can't get ahead in life. There's always someone ahead of you. Just be happy man.

RE: Incorrect
By Ammohunt on 4/25/2013 3:39:19 PM , Rating: 1
Don't blame wealthier people because you can't get ahead in life. There's always someone ahead of you. Just be happy man.

You misread my post i fall into #1 I am already successful just don't like paying for the deadbeats in our society or their cars/welfare/etc..

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/25/2013 10:36:48 PM , Rating: 2
then what are you complaining about? the deadbeats can't afford this. The people that can are pretty much paying way more than this 7.5k

If a city decides to repave the road in your neighborhood and it cost them 300k of taxpayer's money, you don't see other people complain. Everybody pays man, it's society. Sometimes you get more and sometimes less, but overall everybody is getting about the same. Except for the ones cheating the government of course.

RE: Incorrect
By Ammohunt on 4/26/2013 11:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
Don't get it do you? Road maintenance is something different entirely! its an acceptable use for tax when its for share infrastructure. Why should i have to pay for the neighbors car/food/housing i thought communism was declared dead? its alive and well in the west.

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 1:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure you don't get it. The government provides a wide variety of services. I'm 100% sure you are using something that I'm not using. I can argue all day about how it's stupid and I don't have to pay for you to enjoy your life. If you don't like it then do something about it. Stop whining about EVs, that is a very small part of the budget as it is.

RE: Incorrect
By Ammohunt on 4/26/2013 2:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
No its quite clear that you don't understand the differences between infrastructure and government fluffing select consumer markets with taxpayer money. This has nothing to do with EV's I had the same issue with the gas car credit scheme a few years back.

Government is meant to provide for the common good tell me how does subsidizing EV's only for those that purchase them do that exactly?

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 3:31:01 PM , Rating: 2
it increases sales and further fund more R&D for a more mature design of EV.

RE: Incorrect
By Manch on 4/27/2013 5:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
That's nonsense. If the government wanted to use this money to further R&D costs, then they could hand it out as a grant like they do with a lot of things. This tax credit is nothing more than a political ploy to forcibly alter market conditions for the benefit of those that funded their elections

RE: Incorrect
By boeush on 4/25/2013 8:01:20 PM , Rating: 3
Kinda makes someone like me wonder why i work my ass of to earn a decent salary earning the privilege to pay taxes which is used to buy EV's for people that don't pay taxes.
Yeah, because people who don't pay taxes (have no income) are the type of demographic who habitually purchases $30,000 new cars. I hope your salary isn't conditioned on critical or logical thinking skills... otherwise your company would be getting a very raw deal.

RE: Incorrect
By Manch on 4/27/2013 5:36:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah bc you never see a jr enlisted member with no money buy an expensive @$$ car and drown themselves in debt. I sure there are examples in the civilian world as well with the younger kids just starting out biting off more credit than they can chew.

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