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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 GulWestfale on 4/25/2013 2:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
it's a chevy spark (a rebadged daewoo matiz econobox) for over 30 grand... you have got to be kidding me. even at 25 grand, why would you want to drive something like that? you could get a used M5 or E55 for that amount... why get a korean econobox? have you lost all hope in your life?

RE: Incorrect
By Spuke on 4/25/2013 2:36:21 PM , Rating: 2
you could get a used M5 or E55 for that amount
C'mon man, two totally different markets here.

RE: Incorrect
By mcnabney on 4/25/2013 2:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
This is my complaint too.

The battery is big cost in an EV and this car only packs a 21KWh battery. LiIon batteries cost about $500/KWh - so the battery only costs $10k. It is going into a $10k car frame, so the price should be around $20k, not $40k.

(I get the $10 price of the 'car' portion by taking a $15000 subcompact, subtract the large cost of engine, fuel system, exhaust... and add the small cost of the motors in/by the wheels)

RE: Incorrect
By sigmatau on 4/25/2013 8:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
OMG, that made me laugh so hard. I was looking at one when I bought a Camaro and thought who buys these little turds? What was even funnier is that they had it near the corvettes and more than a few stopped to check it out.

RE: Incorrect
By Masospaghetti on 4/26/2013 9:12:02 AM , Rating: 2
You can also get about 100 42" LCD TVs for the same price, why would anyone buy a Spark??

It's an equally irrelevant comparison. The Spark EV is good for saving fuel. A used M5 gets about 14 mpg on premium.

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 10:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
lol people don't buy used M5s and E55s because when something breaks, so does their bank account. Never mind the horrible fuel economy.

RE: Incorrect
By 91TTZ on 4/26/2013 11:51:34 AM , Rating: 2
I'm thinking that the primary intention of this car isn't to satisfy consumers, but rather the government. With the new CAFE regulations, it often pays to have a car in your lineup that doesn't sell but increases the overall MPG of your lineup.

So what they do is take the smallest car they have, give it great MPG regardless of cost and let it sit there. Even if they sold only 1 of these, having the car in their lineup raised their fleet fuel economy.

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 1:28:19 PM , Rating: 2
The primary intention of the car is EV development and a tech "me too". The avg vehicle fleet mpg also accounts the # of vehicles sold.

You can't sell 100k of a 25mpg vehicle and 1k of a 35mpg vehicle and say you have an avg of 30mpg in your fleet.

EV is the future. The gov is pushing it, people are agreeing with it, manufacturers are refining them with each iteration.

The whole industry had already agreed since hybrids started that it was going to be a stop gap solution for the transition to full EV or hydrogen vehicles.

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