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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 Ammohunt on 4/26/2013 11:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
Don't get it do you? Road maintenance is something different entirely! its an acceptable use for tax when its for share infrastructure. Why should i have to pay for the neighbors car/food/housing i thought communism was declared dead? its alive and well in the west.

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 1:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure you don't get it. The government provides a wide variety of services. I'm 100% sure you are using something that I'm not using. I can argue all day about how it's stupid and I don't have to pay for you to enjoy your life. If you don't like it then do something about it. Stop whining about EVs, that is a very small part of the budget as it is.

RE: Incorrect
By Ammohunt on 4/26/2013 2:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
No its quite clear that you don't understand the differences between infrastructure and government fluffing select consumer markets with taxpayer money. This has nothing to do with EV's I had the same issue with the gas car credit scheme a few years back.

Government is meant to provide for the common good tell me how does subsidizing EV's only for those that purchase them do that exactly?

RE: Incorrect
By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 3:31:01 PM , Rating: 2
it increases sales and further fund more R&D for a more mature design of EV.

RE: Incorrect
By Manch on 4/27/2013 5:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
That's nonsense. If the government wanted to use this money to further R&D costs, then they could hand it out as a grant like they do with a lot of things. This tax credit is nothing more than a political ploy to forcibly alter market conditions for the benefit of those that funded their elections

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