Posted: April 25, 2013 at 1:20 am
General Motors Co. says its new Chevrolet Spark mini-electric sedan has been awarded an equivalent fuel economy rating of 119 mpg by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV
The little four-door, which goes on sale in California and Oregon this summer, has an EPA estimated range of about 82 miles.
The Spark EV is powered by 21-kWh lithium-ion battery and an oil-cooled electric motor that makes 130 hp and a stunning 400 lb-ft of torque. GM says the combination can push the car from zero to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds, making it the zippiest among city EVs.
The new model will be the first electric in the American market to offer the new SAE-approved combination charger. The system includes the ability to charge the battery to 80% capacity in about 20 minutes from a DC source. A full recharge from a 240-volt AC outlet takes less than seven hours.