Chevrolet Discloses Range and Fuel Economy of its Spark EV
The all-new Spark EV has a combined city/highway EPA-estimated range of 132 km or 82 miles when fully
charged and an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 MPGe* fuel economy equivalent, Chevrolet
Online PR News – 25-April-2013 – The all-new Spark EV has a combined city/highway EPA-estimated range
of 132 km or 82 miles when fully charged and an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 MPGe* fuel
economy equivalent, Chevrolet announced today.
Compared to the average new vehicle, the Spark EV can potentially save U.S. owners up to $9,000 (€6,897)
in fuel cost over five years. In the United States, the Spark EV goes on sale this summer in California and
Oregon. It will be launched in select European markets as of 2014.
"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 (542 Nm) output of its electric motor," said Pam Fletcher, GM executive chief engineer for
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 (542 Nm) output of its electric motor,
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 just under 161,000 km, 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 direct current (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. AC recharging can be completed within six to eight hours
using a 230 outlet. A charge cord set comes standard.
"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 be capable of hitting 100 km/h in under 8.5 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 (0.8 million km) 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
* Since electric vehicles like the Spark EV consume no liquid fuel, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) developed an equivalency formula to calculate a value comparable to the fuel consumption of a
traditional internal combustion engine-powered car. This rating, called MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline
equivalent), allows customers to see how their energy efficiency compares to that of other EVs and traditional
cars. 1 gallon of gasoline is equivalent to 33.7 kWh.