GM releases more details about the 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV
General Motors has released details of its pending pure electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Spark EV.
The electric car will be based on the small gas-engine Spark already offered. Its propulsion will delivered by an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor that produces at least 100 kilowatts (130 horsepower) and instantaneous torque of about 400 pound-feet with the coaxial drive unit.
GM says the resulting acceleration for the 0-60 mph sprint will take less than eight seconds.
The Spark EV will come with an industry-first, a SAE combo charger. This will allow DC fast charging of up to 80 percent of battery capacity in approximately 20 minutes.
That capability will be available shortly after market launch, GM says, adding it will assist with effective daily EV range…
The Spark EV’s more than 20-kwh lithium-ion battery pack will be protected by Chevrolet’s eight year/100,000 mile warranty, and is said by GM to be capable of handling multiple DC fast charges daily.
Charging will also be possible in less than seven hours using a dedicated 240-volt charger. A 120-volt charge cord set will be standard.
Owners will be able to manage and monitor charging remotely using the Spark EV’s smart phone application, provided by OnStar…
Price is the kicker. Typical range for any small [or smallish] EV is 60-70 miles. That’s almost 3 days worth of commuting for my wife. Our weekend grocery shopping/errands fits, too. If the critter comes in at or below $20K – we’re first in line for Santa Fe County.