Chevrolet released the mileage figures for the 2014 Spark EV and declared that it sets “the industry benchmark in retail electric vehicle efficiency” with a combined city/highway EPA-estimated range of 82 miles when fully charged and an EPA-estimated combined city/high- way 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent.
“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.
Compared with the average new vehicle, the Spark EV can potentially save its owners up to $9,000 in fuel costs over five years. The Spark EV goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon.
Spark EV will be the first vehicle on the market to offer as an available option the recently approved SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging. The capability, available shortly after launch, will enable the Spark EV to recharge up to 80 percent of its capacity in approximately 20 minutes.
A 120V charge cord set comes standard. Charging can be managed and monitored remotely using the Spark EV’s smartphone application, provided by OnStar, which is standard for three years.
The Chevrolet Spark EV will set an acceleration benchmark for an urban city electric vehicle – 0- 60 mph in under eight seconds due to the mating of a permanent magnet electric motor, which produces more than 130 hp, with the coaxial drive unit.
“The Chevrolet Spark EV is a great city car which blends technology, functionality and style in an unexpected package,” said Cristi Landy, director of Chevrolet Small and Electrified Vehicle Marketing.