Spark EV packs a lot of pep in a mini...

Spark EV packs a lot of pep in a mini package

There are 10 comments on the The Detroit News story from Nov 15, 2012, titled Spark EV packs a lot of pep in a mini package. In it, The Detroit News reports that:

Sausalito, Calif. -- Chevrolet's 2014 Spark Electric Vehicle, which will hit dealer lots in California next summer, has a lot of pep in a small package and will help General Motors Co.

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Burgydean

Rincon, GA

#1 Nov 15, 2012
This is the coolest mini ever !
Pete

Livonia, MI

#2 Nov 15, 2012
Wow! With 400ft-lb of torque, that must be something. And here I am stuck with a nearly free (to me) GMC Sierra for the foreseeable future. Life is full of compromises I guess.

The Spark can haul ass, but I have to haul stuff.
scientist

Des Plaines, IL

#3 Dec 8, 2012
Pete wrote:
Wow! With 400ft-lb of torque, that must be something. And here I am stuck with a nearly free (to me) GMC Sierra for the foreseeable future. Life is full of compromises I guess.
The Spark can haul ass, but I have to haul stuff.
How far will it travel on one charge?
Pete

Livonia, MI

#4 Dec 8, 2012
scientist wrote:
<quoted text> How far will it travel on one charge?
Last time I looked they were stating 70 miles.
The fast charge in 20 minutes only takes it to 80% charge or 56 miles. So on any distant trip you would be charging every hour. I can't drink that much coffee. I can fill the Sierra and go to the tip of the UP without refueling.
For around town though a SparkEV would be a nice toy.

Since they are selling them out West those hills should be a good test and offset what would happen here to battery life in winter. What needs to happen is the doubling effect of advancement with battery density as happened with computers and RAM and storage.
scientist

Des Plaines, IL

#5 Dec 8, 2012
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
Last time I looked they were stating 70 miles.
The fast charge in 20 minutes only takes it to 80% charge or 56 miles. So on any distant trip you would be charging every hour. I can't drink that much coffee. I can fill the Sierra and go to the tip of the UP without refueling.
For around town though a SparkEV would be a nice toy.
Since they are selling them out West those hills should be a good test and offset what would happen here to battery life in winter. What needs to happen is the doubling effect of advancement with battery density as happened with computers and RAM and storage.
The tesla goes 350 miles on one charge.GM has to get their act together.
Pete

Livonia, MI

#6 Dec 9, 2012
scientist wrote:
<quoted text> The tesla goes 350 miles on one charge.GM has to get their act together.
I could drive 570,349 miles on the gas from a $109K Tesla! An economy car could easily top a million miles on gas.
dr fill

Des Plaines, IL

#7 Dec 9, 2012
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
I could drive 570,349 miles on the gas from a $109K Tesla! An economy car could easily top a million miles on gas.
UUMMM Pete,Did you recently run into a solid core door?Cause your brains are scrambled man!!!!
Pete

Livonia, MI

#8 Dec 9, 2012
dr fill wrote:
<quoted text> UUMMM Pete,Did you recently run into a solid core door?Cause your brains are scrambled man!!!!
109,000/3.44=31,686
31686 X 18 = 570,448.8

Hope that helps.
dr fill

Des Plaines, IL

#9 Dec 11, 2012
Pete wrote:
<quoted text>
I could drive 570,349 miles on the gas from a $109K Tesla! An economy car could easily top a million miles on gas.
Oh yeah,I can walk for free pal!!!!
Pete

Livonia, MI

#10 Dec 11, 2012
dr fill wrote:
<quoted text> Oh yeah,I can walk for free pal!!!!
Think about taking a long walk off a short pier.
lol

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