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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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By boeush on 4/25/2013 8:13:33 PM , Rating: 2
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But still lower those damn cars, Fit, Aero, Spark, ect - why are they ALL tall and skinny, make them sort and WIDE!
You must live in a place where the land and roads are flat as a pancake. Where I live, there are hills and drainage ditches -- and yeah, even speed bumps and pot holes. And with that in effect, I absolutely hate low-to-ground cars, with a passion. They do nothing but scrape and scratch on the pavement all over the place, even when pulling in/out of inclined driveways onto the street at 3 mph. They're also a pain to park because you're constantly afraid of slamming your bumper into the curb or the concrete limiter at the end of your parking space.

Oh, and wide cars? Much more of a pain to park and get in/out of on packed parking lots and compact parking spaces. Much more of a pain to maneuver in tight quarters. At least, these factors are important when you don't live out in the middle of nowhere...


By sigmatau on 4/25/2013 8:57:22 PM , Rating: 2
It's one thing to have a low clearance sport car and another to have a chopped off SUV-freak that has 6.7 inches of ground clearance. Now that is insane! I remember owning a 98 Honda Accord that had just under 4 inches of ground clearance, which was higher than most competitors, and I thought it made the car look a little odd. I think they have gotten worse since then. But, come on, 6.7 inches of clearance for a small turd? That is small SUV territory.


By 91TTZ on 4/26/2013 11:34:11 AM , Rating: 2
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Where I live, there are hills and drainage ditches -- and yeah, even speed bumps and pot holes. And with that in effect, I absolutely hate low-to-ground cars, with a passion.


Nobody is proposing that these cars be low to the ground like a Lamborghini. A reasonable ride height like a Corolla, Civic, or Cruze works just fine in the city. I see cars like that all the time in Philly.

I don't think you realize just how tall cars like the Spark are. They're much taller than your average car. It's not an illusion, it's actually taller than Civics, Accords, big-ass Buicks and Cadillacs. It's near crossover/minivan territory.


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