Chevrolet Spark Most Efficient U.S. Retail Electric Vehicle
Electric range EPA estimated at 82 miles
NEW YORK The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is 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/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent.
Compared to the average new vehicle, the Spark EV can potentially save
its owners up to $9,000 in fuel cost over five years. The Spark EV
goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon.
"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. "We're poised to deliver to
the market an EV that's not just efficient, but also thrilling to
drive thanks to the 400 lb-ft torque output of its electric
The Spark EV's 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will continue
Chevrolet's tradition of offering industry-leading limited warranty
protection eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
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. The battery system is capable of handling
multiple DC Fast Charges daily. Charging can also be completed in less
than seven hours using a dedicated 240V charge. A 120V charge cord set
comes standard. Charging can be managed and monitored remotely using
the Spark EV's smart phone application, provided by OnStar, which is
standard for three years.
"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. "We built on the success of the Volt and the
gas-powered Spark to offer an affordable, fun and efficient mini car
our customers will love to drive."
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
100 kW (130 hp), with the coaxial drive unit.
The GM designed oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor is the heart of the
Spark EV's propulsion system. Putting more than half a million road
miles on development versions of the Spark EV enabled engineers to
make the performance of the electric motor the best it could be by
using a bar wound copper stator and unique rotor configuration.
The motor and drive unit are assembled at GM's Baltimore operations
plant in White Marsh, Md. Last week, the plant celebrated Spark EV
motor production, marking the first time a major U.S. auto
manufacturer has designed and built both a complete electric motor and
drive unit for a modern electric vehicle in the United States.