Setting the Record Straight on the 2014 Chevy Spark EV: Launch Date, SAE Combo Charger Details, No Fuzzy Torque Rating and More
There’s loads of information out there on the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. Some of it’s accurate. Some of it’s way off the mark.
Here we’ll provide details, mostly directly from General Motors and its various websites, to “set the record straight” as is often stated in industry speak.
Below we’ll provide the most accurate, up-to-date info on the 2014 Chevy Spark EV. We’ve purposely bolded particular sections that either seem to somehow get lost in translation or mixed up due to GM’s conflicting information that it releases to the media and the public.
- EPA Range Rating: 82 Miles
- MPGe: 128 city–109 highway–119 combined
- SAE Combo Quick Charger: Optional–Though GM’s Spark EV site says “Late Availability” and notes that compatible stations won’t be around until “late 2013.”
- HP: 130
- Torque: 400 pound-feet—Note: This figure looks to be from GM’s “fuzzy math” we’ll say. It was thought this may not be a direct motor measurement, but rather a measurement of torque after the reduction gear. UPDATE: Peter Savagian, general director for Electric Drives and Electrification Systems Engineering at General Motors hit up our comments secton when the Spark EV’s range was released to tall us that the Spark’s motor does in fact have 400 ftlb of Torque. The GD says that “this motor makes 540 Nm (402 ftlbf) of Torque at stall and out to about 2000 rpm. This is not gear- multiplied axle torque, but actual motor shaft torque.” Pretty amazing, and our thanks to Peter for setting the record straight.
- 0 to 60 MPH: Less than 8 seconds “and it won’t be 7.9 seconds,” says Chuck Russell, vehicle chief engineer for the Spark EV. (props to ScottF on the quote)
- Availability: Hmm…It get’s a little sketchy here. GM directly told us “late July,” but now the 2014 Spark EV website says “in limited quantities late 2013.” We should triple bold this one because the Spark EV website has changed since we last posted a screen grab of it. Note: Previous screen grab is on right of screen (captured by us 31 days ago). Current screen grab is at top of this post (captured by us today).
- Price: Less than $25,000 after incentives (in California, incentives total $10,000, but in Oregon, the other state the Spark EV will launch in, incentives are only $7,500) This makes it difficult to pinpoint what GM is actually saying, but we’d guess GM is only factoring in the $7,500 federal incentive and not adding state-level incentives into the mix.
- Charge Time: 7 Hours at 240 Volt—This automatically implies that the Spark EV’s on-board charger is a 3.3-kW unit
- Battery Capacity: The Spark EV website now says “20 kWh,” but GM press releases still say 21 kWh
We’ve left out some of the obvious and non-disputed details on the 2014 Spark EV, but we think most of the confusing or “lost in translation” topics have been covered here. If you notice an omission that should be included, then by all means drop us a suggestion in Comments below.
We wish GM would line up its press releases with the info found on its official 2014 Spark EV website, because the discrepancies certainly add to the confusion. But until that happens, this here is what we hope to be the definitive Spark EV information-overload source.