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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 91TTZ on 4/26/2013 11:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
Vehicle engineering is far more complex than the average person comprehends. Everything is a compromise, because ultimately in the end, you are limited by physics in what you can do with a given automotive design.

But the thing is that automakers are able to make larger cars than the Spark that still are much shorter than the Spark.

For instance, GM's Cadillac CTS is 57 inches tall but the Spark is 61 inches tall. There's definitely no technical reason why the Spark needs to be that tall. It's taller than a Ford Crown Victoria.

I don't expect it to be low like a sports car, but it can be made much shorter than it is. A Chevy Cobalt is 56 inches tall. A Cruze is 58 inches tall. You get the point.

I agree with Spuke that it's due to marketing and the fact that people now associate goofy looking cars with fuel efficiency.

By BRB29 on 4/26/2013 1:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
Most cars are roughly the same height. The exceptions are SUV/trucks, sports cars, etc...

This car is slightly higher than the average car due to the sheet of battery underneath and heat sink. That is all

The size of the car is usually determined by it's horizontal length, not its height. In fact, there's more delta between width of cars than height.

Why didn't they shrink the height with the rest of the car? because you didn't shrink and neither did the rest of the world.

Your argument is weak and annoying. Quit it.

By 91TTZ on 4/26/2013 3:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
This car is slightly higher than the average car due to the sheet of battery underneath and heat sink. That is all

You are entirely and absolutely wrong. 100% wrong.

As I have CLEARLY pointed out a few times to you, this car's electric version just came out now in 2013 and yet the gas version was the same height. Also, the previous model of the car (which had no electric version at all) was still a tall beast.

You are obviously out of your league arguing with me. You lack the automotive knowledge to participate in this debate, but you also lack the awareness to know you're outclassed. It's like a lap dog attacking a pit bull and then getting torn to shreds. Spectators want to look away but it's too entertaining not to watch.

Your argument is weak and annoying. Quit it.

You're just dumb. I don't know any other way to say it. You keep posting incorrect information thinking that you have a point, yet you don't. You really should stop posting in car threads but you lack the judgment to do even that.

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