Chevrolet Spark EV

22 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevrolet Spark

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Drive

Portland, Ore. – electric vehicle sales in the first six months of 2013 2012) my job has changed. Rather talking about performance, and fuel economy, much of the has gone to range, charge and tax incentives.

Looking at my log of the cars my wife Barbara and I have in the last 18 months, I count pure electrics, and that’s a fraction of the electric cars on the In addition, we’ve driven at a dozen hybrids and plug-in Related, but similar in purpose are the diesels – we expect a proliferation of new models in the next couple of

As the transition continues, I have to that I like driving vehicles. I like the simplicity, the the fact that I didn’t to add gas, or check the oil. like most Americans, I too range anxiety.

The best I’ve driven is the Chevrolet It has that handy built-in charger – a small gasoline that kicks in to charge the after it uses up of the initial

As far as the pure electrics go, I think I a new favorite, and it’s also a – the Spark EV.

At the press launch in Oregon in July, I found sprinting through traffic, up and down hills and generally a fun time in the 2014 Chevrolet EV. The EV also has a tight 33.8-foot radius, which makes it for the zigzag moves and the agile necessary to zip through urban To make it even more I could pull the shifter “L” and take advantage of the electric equivalent of engine braking, as a bonus, adds more to the battery through the regenerative system.

The 2014 Chevrolet EV, is like the performance version of the Spark. The regular gas-powered gets its ‘go’ from a 1.2-liter DOHC four engine, and as you might guess, it ‘go’ very quickly. to 60 acceleration takes 11.2 but fuel economy is good at 32 mpg and 38 mpg highway.

The spark weighs about pounds and has a 9.2-gallon fuel which should give it a of about 312 miles for a $33 fill-up.

The EV, on the other hand, weighs 3,000 pounds, has an advanced motor and battery system. The drive unit and electric produce 140 hp (more than105 kW) and 400 of torque from a 20-kWh ion battery. To give those some perspective, that’s torque than either the 911 or Ferrari 458 Italia. The massive drives this front-wheel mini car from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 and to a top speed of 90 mph.

It’s than 3.5 seconds quicker the gas version and it is also the fastest car in category. In addition, the fuel equivalent is much better the gas.

Comparing fuel is like comparing apples and so the EPA has developed a numerical comparison, is MPGe (miles per gallon The EV is rated at 128 MPGe city and 109 highway, and the battery has a range of 82 if the driver is very careful.

A lead foot, enthralled the 400-lb.ft. of torque will run out of in about 50 miles.

With a 240-volt outlet, Spark EV in less than seven using a few dollars’ worth of and if there is time overnight, the can set the charging to occur when the rates are lower. The process can be managed remotely on a computer OnStar.com, or with a special Mobile smart phone app by OnStar Remote Link.

EV is also the first all-electric in North America to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charge which can charge the battery to 80 of capacity in about 20 minutes. A on-board charging receptacle all three charging platforms – DC Charge, AC 240-volt and AC 120-volt. estimates that owners save about $9,000 in over five years to the average new vehicle.

Battery life for the 2014 Spark EV is warranted for eight or 100,000 miles. “The EV battery has undergone more 200,000 hours of testing in our battery systems labs,” to Pamela Fletcher, Chevrolet chief engineer of electrified “It is extremely durable and has undergone the abuse tolerance testing as the battery.”

Chevrolet Spark

The Spark EV may be a mini but it has abundant technologies to aid the driver. functions are intuitively displayed on one of the two reconfigurable, high-resolution, seven-inch LCD screens. The main instrument screen has a confidence gauge shows the expected driving based on driving habits and conditions.

The other screen, on the center stack, connects the car Chevrolet’s exclusive MyLink that comes standard and brings smartphone-based infotainment – apps for BringGo full-function TuneIn global internet Pandora and Stitcher – into the The Apple Siri system can be through MyLink for customers compatible (4S and newer) iPhones.

The styling is very much with the family front end and gold bowtie mounted in the A close inspection of the front uncovers a solid grill that improves aerodynamics by the air around the car instead of letting it in to engine cooling. The aerodynamic EV design looks like a two but when you look closely, actually a four-door.

The rear door handles are in the C pillars where they show as easily.

Despite its size, the 2014 Chevrolet EV is quite roomy on the interior. adults fit comfortably in upright positions, and there is still for cargo. When more is needed, the rear seatbacks can be to provide up to 23.4 cubic of storage space.

With its noiseless motor, the Spark EV is quiet on the road with road noise and no wind making its way into the cabin. the quiet is great for the passengers, it can be a for pedestrians who probably won’t the Spark coming. So, at speeds up to 18 mph the emits a broadband noise and to warn pedestrians that a Spark coming.

The initial price of buying an vehicle is significantly more buying the four-cylinder model, but tax take a big bite out of the price. The price of a Spark LS with transmission starts at $12,995, the destination charge. The top of the line 2LT automatic transmission is $17,210.

The Chevrolet Spark EV pricing at $27,495 for the 1LT model or $27,820 for the which adds front heated front seats and wrapped steering wheel. the full federal tax credit of is applied, the price drops to $19,995 for the 1LT. In addition, states and communities offer tax credits and incentives that drop the price by up to $2,500

In California, the Spark EV also for the High-Occupancy Vehicle or carpool with just the driver Currently the Spark EV is only through California and Oregon dealers.

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