2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: Chevy’s first all-electric mini car — just plug and play – The Reporter

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV: first all-electric mini car just plug and play

09/13/2013 01:03:02 AM PDT

PORTLAND, — The Bow Tie Team has just the most efficient U.S. electric vehicle to their — the 2014 Chevrolet EV, with an estimated electric EPA of 82 miles. The MPGe fuel equivalent EPA-estimated combined is 119 (128 city/109 highway or 28 kW per 100 miles). The Spark EV joins an portfolio including the Chevrolet along with the eAssist and Impala, in Chevrolet’s quest for sustainability.

The Spark EV closely the regular Chevy Spark in its form and dimensions, but serves up design cues that at its pure electric propulsion, qualifies it for HOV access. The Spark EV is a 5-door hatch with for 4 passengers. The overall shape is of an exaggerated wedge.

The EV is readily by its lack of exhaust and blocked out grille sections — a lower air inlet, flanked by two sculpted inlets appear at the

Power for the 2014 Chevrolet EV comes courtesy of a permanent drive motor (105kWh) energy supplied by lithium-ion batteries in multiple linked modules (133) consisting of 336 weighing in at a total of 560 lbs. and 140 horsepower along with 400 of torque (more than a 458 Italia and a Porsche 911). is no conventional transmission, but rather a coaxial drive system drive shafts off each of the transversely mounted motor transfers motive force to the wheels with a 3.


7 to 1 The EV is capable of scooting from mph in a mere 7.6 seconds. The battery is mounted low beneath the rear floor, and its positioning results in a 50/50 weight distribution

There is an eight-year 1000,000-mile (whichever comes first) for the oil-cooled motor and its components.

The EV will be available in two levels of 1LT and 2LT. Later in the production the 2LT will offer a DC Fast hookup capable of an 80 percent from a full discharge in 20 minutes for $750.

The Spark EV may also be recharged on household current with a which takes approximately 13 to achieve a full charge. 240V recharging system Bosch Automotive Solutions may be allowing a full recharge in than seven hours a credit of up to $500 for the system. may be managed and monitored remotely the Spark EV’s smart application provided by OnStar, is standard for three years.

38 percent of all EVs sold across the are in California, with sales, infrastructure and designated parking a favorable climate for EV ownership.

compared to an average conventionally-powered the Spark EV, which is initially on this summer only in and Oregon, can potentially save its up to $9,000 in fuel costs a five year period, not to reduced maintenance expense.

The starting price for the 2014 Spark EV is $27,495 with a net as low as $19,995 after a full tax credit of $7,500 and an additional of $2,500 in California for residents. counties and specific regions even further supplemental or credits. The 2014 Chevrolet EV may be leased for 36 months for $199 per with $999 due at signing.

The EV costs less than the 500e, Ford Focus EV, Fit EV (which is lease only), the i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf. the Fiat 500e has more (by 2-miles).

The 1LT comes with MyLink featuring a 7-inch color touch-screen, Bluetooth® technology, a USB port, a 3-month of Sirius/XM satellite radio, keyless entry, power and mirrors, cruise control, and 15-inch machine faced alloy wheel shod 15-inch Bridgestone Ecopia resistance rubber. The 2LT trim distinctive appearance upgrades as: dark pewter leatherette front seats with stitching, a leather-wrapped steering with silver accents and the at a later date (fourth 2013) DC Fast Charger and Stop Charge.

My test 2014 Chevrolet EV was in 2LT trim with an electric (what else?) and the dark interior. The general price in amounted to $19,995 after federal tax credits and the California

SUMMARY: Driving the Chevy EV is a total hoot. Punch the button and the power application is dramatically, which doesn’t do for the economy, but it’ definitely a much more fun and spirited behind the wheel. Regenerative is standard and aids in replenishing the charge level, extending range.

Even more braking benefit may be applied by the low range in the shift panel for runs.

The incredible 400 foot-pounds of delivers rapid and impressive and the lower center of gravity the gas-powered Spark) and ideal distribution provide a flat and ride quality that is quite comfortable. There’s no need for an external or integrated system as the Android and iPhone application Bring Go is available, directions on the MyLink screen. and Stitcher are also available with Chevy’s MyLink for entertainment and state-of-the-art connectivity.

The Spark EV’s motor and unit are assembled at GM’s operations plant in White Md. The plant recently celebrated the EV’s motor production, the first time a major auto manufacturer has designed and both a complete electric and drive unit for a modern vehicle in the United States.

In the analysis, the 2014 Chevrolet EV is a great car for the city driving that combines technology, and style in a visually pleasing that’s also great fun to — just plug and


2014 Chevrolet EV

Base Price: $27,495.

as Tested: $19,995. With federal tax credits. California may qualify for an additional $2,500

Engine Type and Size: magnetic drive motor powered by lithium-ion batteries in linked modules (0133 336 cells=560 lbs. Eight-year warranty.

Horsepower (bhp): 140 @ rpm

Torque 400 @ rpm

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Transmission: Direct coaxial

Drivetrain: Front mounted two-wheel front drive,

Suspension: Front – MacPherson struts with strut modules, specially coil springs and direct-acting. 22 mm stabilizer bar. Rear double-wall, U-shaped rear and specially tuned coil 39 mm.

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel with ABS; electro-hydraulic; regenerative to maximize energy dynamic rear brake Stabilitrak and all-speed traction

Tires: Bridgestone low rolling P185/55R15 all-season blackwall Bridgestone low rolling resistance all-season blackwall (rear).

93.5 inches

Length 146.5 inches

Width: inches

Height: 62.6

Curb Weight: 2,967

Turning Radius: 33.8 ft.

Capacity: No fuel – all

EPA Estimated Range: 82 Combined – 119 MPGe

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