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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 FITCamaro on 4/26/2013 8:57:49 AM , Rating: 3
That's kind of his point. A car in the sub (heck, micro) compact class is far taller than cars in the sub-compact class and even midsize class. And it's not far off from a vehicle that is a minivan.

But this has everything to do with crash standards. Nothing more. Bumper heights have been raised. Forcing automakers to adjust the design of their cars to meet new safety standards so the car will sell.

By FITCamaro on 4/26/2013 8:58:35 AM , Rating: 2
And I think it's utterly insane that we now have vehicles with wheel wells large enough to fit 30" rims INSIDE the wheel well.

Makes me want to throw up when I see it.

By AssBall on 4/26/2013 4:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah i'd much rather see a cadillac with 13" bronzed chromies on it...not.

The physics of larger tire size:
Better braking
Better mileage
Better ride
Better wear

You might lose some handling and pay a bit more, but to be realistic the 405 is not Leguna Seca.

By sigmatau on 4/26/2013 8:11:13 PM , Rating: 3
I don't believe you lose handling. You gain handling. Maybe the ride quality diminishes, but in terms of grip on the road, it is enhanced.

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