Chevrolet Spark EV Gets an EPA Estimated Driving Range of 82 Miles
April 25, 2013 10:34 AM
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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
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.
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4/25/2013 2:47:49 PM
The saving comes from the 'energy cost' of the EV at about 3 cents per mile. My Nissan Sentra gets about 12 cents per mile.
So driving 15k miles in the EV will cost $450 while the gas powered Sentra costs $1800. $1350 a year saving over five years is $6750, which is close to their claims. Now if the life of the car is ten years that saving is around $12-13k, which is pretty much the ENTIRE price premium of getting a little car in EV versus gas. Once you add in the opportunity cost (you are paying for the savings all up-front) and this is a bad financial idea.
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