Chevy Spark EV’s Hot Weather Test Completed
Due in showrooms sometime in 2013, Chevy set out to do extra desert testing on their new Spark EV because of the current issues surrounding the Nissan Leaf and hot weather. The test, which Insideevs.com covered, was a 305-mile road trip from Yuma, Arizona to Torrance, California with average temperatures around the 100 degree mark.
Kevin Kelly, manager of General Motor’s electric vehicle and hybrid communications, said “We wanted to make sure that our electric motor is operating optimally.” According to Kelly, lithium-ion batteries operate at peak efficiency in non-extreme condition. To keep the batteries as efficient as possible, GM engineers created a heating and cooling system to keep the batteries at best performing temperatures.
“We are pretty close to the final calibrations on the vehicle, but we wanted to see what last-minute things needed to be tweaked to make sure we were on the right path,” explained Kelly. “We are just trying to make sure that system (the battery heating and cooling system) is working perfectly before we sell it to our customers.”
Although, the results of the test have not been released, Insideevs.com will relay all pertinent information as soon as it becomes available.