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Chevy Claims 2014 Spark EV the Most Fuel Efficient Car in US

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On: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 7:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Claims 2014 Spark EV the Most Fuel Efficient Car in US

It's a little too early to start naming "best ofs" for the 2014 model year, since not every car has launched yet, but Chevy is coming out early and declaring the 2014 Spark EV the most fuel efficient US retail vehicle. The EPA rated the Spark EV at a combined city-highway mileage of 119 mpg-e.

While the Spark EV's 119 mpg-e is impressive, and beats out cars like the 112 mpg-e Mitsubishi i-Miev and 118 mpg-e Honda Fit EV, a quick look at the EPA's list of 2013 best and worst mileages puts it just behind the 121 mpg-e Scion iQ. But that's why Chevy specifies "retail vehicles;" the iQ was launched in the US for car sharing programs but is not a regular vehicle available for consumer purchase. Similarly, the Fit EV is only available for lease at select dealers.

Given that the Spark's closest competitors are not available for retail purchase, its 119 mpg-e rating is particularly impressive, spiking 7 mpg-e over the nearest retail competitor in the i-Miev and 20 mpg-e over the Nissan Leaf. To put it in perspective, Chevy claims that the car can save owners $9,000 in fuel costs over the first five years when compared to the average new vehicle.

“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 motor."

While the Spark's efficiency is plenty, its 82-mile range is on the modest side. But recharging doesn't have to be an issue. Chevy says that the Spark will be the first car on the market to offer an optional SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging, which will be able to charge the 21 kWh lithium-ion battery to the 80 percent mark in about 20 minutes. That battery pack also enjoys an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

The Spark EV is powered by a 130-hp permanent magnet electric motor that pushes the car from zero to 60 mph in under eight seconds.

GM began production on the Spark EV's motor last week, and the car will begin hitting dealerships in Oregon and California starting this summer. Chevy has yet to announce pricing.


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