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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 Mint on 4/25/2013 8:19:13 PM , Rating: 3
The Zoe looks amazing, and is basically Renault's take on the Leaf platform that they worked together on with their alliance.

They're also pricing it in a much better way: Sell the car at a low price, but ask for monthly payments to lease the battery, sort of like a gas substitute.

By Souka on 4/26/2013 2:06:42 PM , Rating: 1

I get about 50mpg in my 2004 prius.

it's a 4 door... much bigger car, and I can drive 600 miles on a tank... and fillup in just a few minutes at any gas station on my drive.

Spark? oohhh... 70 miles (rated, not actual) and I gotta charge...nice.

Lets' not forget the 25k price up front. I paid 7k for my prius...I'm already 18k ahead :)

If you only drive short distances your savings with an electric are reduced because of the reduced mileage.

I put about 13k miles/year on my car... doing that with a Spark would be soo painful because of the constant need to charge.

By Mint on 4/26/2013 3:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not defending the Spark EV. It's overpriced and undersized.

In the UK, a Renault ZOE sells for £14k and you pay £93/mo to lease the battery for 12k miles/yr. A Prius would cost you £22k and £100/mo in gas to go the same distance.

(1000 miles/mo / 50MPG = 20 US gallons = 76L, avg gas cost of £1.35/L)

Your comparison of a used car price with a new one is just stupid.

By Mint on 4/26/2013 3:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
I forgot to include electricity cost in there, but even if total running costs are £30/mo higher for the ZOE, you're not going to make up £8k difference for over 15 years.

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