GM Says Chevy Spark EV Saves $150 Per Month In Fuel
In an ongoing effort to amp up interest in its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, General Motors has posted a whimsical infographic spelling out how $9,000 not spent for fuel in five years could be better utilized.
The figure of money saved is based on average driver patterns expected, and amounts to $150 per month in gas not purchased for the car that’s for now only being offered in California, Oregon, and to be later available in Canada, South Korea and Europe.
The small but peppy EV is EPA rated at 119 MPGe for combined city/highway fuel economy and its range is said to be 82 miles.
GM says it is “the most efficient EV in its class” not that there are exactly tons of contenders in said subcompact “class.”
“Spark EV is one of the most affordable EVs on the market, with one of the lowest costs of ownership of any new vehicle out there,” said Cristi Landy, director of Chevrolet small car and electrified vehicle marketing. “Spark EV is a great city car that rewards frequent use by being fun, efficient and affordable.”
To drive the point home on the advantages of driving a Spark EV home, GM says “the Spark EV makes it possible to afford a number of other big-ticket items, as well as some favorite everyday items,” including:
• Airfare for an around-the-world trip
• A Viking outdoor grill
• 6 pairs of Google Glasses
• 60 Nike+ FuelBands
• 6,425 Starbucks Tall Coffee of the Days
For those who were looking for the spare change to spring for these items, or other goodies, GM suggests the Spark EV which – with incentives subtracted – is priced under $25,000.
Five Hours Of QC Tests For Tesla Model S – Video
Before a Tesla Model S is released to its awaiting buyer, the car must undergo a virtual gauntlet of tests for five hours to ensure it meets the company’s quality control standards.
The car is test driven under strenuous conditions, immersed in a hurricane of a water shower, and must have 101 boxes positively marked on a 101-point checklist.
Recently Wired was allowed inside of the Fremont, Calif. factory and put together a video compilation of the procedures to which the Model S is subjected.
Presently, Tesla’s Web site pegs wait times at approximately one month for a new “P85” Performance version with 85-kwh battery, two months for the mid-level 85-kwh version, and three months for the 60-kwh version.
Tesla Model S And Toyota Prius Recognized By Edmunds.com
By Phillippe Crowe
Some cars offer great value while others excel in particular features such as cargo space or in-cabin technology. But which cars are quite simply THE BEST?
Edmunds.com offers its subjective opinion for the top dog in each vehicle segment with “The 17 Best Cars You Can Buy” story.
Unfortunately the Volt was passed up. Is it a “hybrid?” If so, the Prius is the best among that category. Is it an “electric/alternative fuel” vehicle? Yes you say? Well Tesla won that category and it does not sound like Volt was in the running.
This list, comprised of 17 categories, includes one electric/alternative technology category and one hybrid category; the Tesla Model S and the Toyota Prius won these.
“This list answers a question that we get all the time: If you could pick any car in a given segment, and money wasn’t an issue, what car would you choose?” says Edmunds.com Automotive Editor James Riswick. “Sure, many of the cars on this list cost a pretty penny, but guess what? It usually costs more to get the best.”
A total of 14 brands appear on the list, led by Toyota with three vehicles and Honda with two.
The full story can be found here. The following is what Edmunds.com’s editors wrote for both the electric/alternative technology category and the hybrid category:
Best Electric/Alternative Fuel Vehicle: 2013 Tesla Model S
Gee, should we pick a compact hatchback with a compromised trunk that can go about 80 miles on a charge and from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds? Or, should we perhaps choose a grand, sexy luxury sedan with two trunks that can go 265 miles on a charge and from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds? Decisions, decisions …
The latter, in case you’re unaware, is the Tesla Model S. Besides the generous range and truly incredible acceleration, the Model S is most impressive for feeling like a real car from a real auto manufacturer instead of a low-volume special haphazardly slapped together using bits and pieces from other carmakers. That doesn’t mean the Tesla is normal, however. An enormous central touchscreen controls almost everything, and for the most part does a good job of it. The trunk under the hatchback (versus the one up front where the engine would be) can be equipped with a pair of rear-facing jump seats. Perhaps most abnormal of all is the way it drives. The only thing that gets up to speed this quietly, effortlessly and rapidly is a magnetically launched roller coaster, while the Tesla’s incredibly wide stance and low center of gravity allow it to take corners with similar skill. It’s an astonishing vehicle that lives up to the hype and is without question the best electric car on the planet.
Best Hybrid: 2013 Toyota Prius
There are hybrids that are better to drive and/or have more richly appointed cabins, but the most important attribute of a gasoline-electric car is fuel economy, and no traditional hybrid achieves a better EPA mpg combined figure than the Toyota Prius. The subcompact Prius C matches it, but then it can’t match the original’s generous passenger and cargo space. Actually, no other hybrid car can, as competitors like the Ford C-Max and Honda Civic hybrids are just conventional vehicles filled with and consequently compromised by batteries. Not only is the Prius’ backseat big enough to comfortably accommodate two adults, but its hatchback trunk can fit their luggage, too. No wonder the Prius is becoming so popular with cab companies.
The only sliver of news I have on GM-Volt.com’s alternative vehicle of choice is that last month the LG Chem began pre-production of batteries for the Volt.
According to M-Live, the Holland, Mich. plant says LG Chem’s spokesman confirmed pre-production testing” is underway for the batteries produced in Holland, Mich.
“Once manufactured, lithium ion batteries require a settling period before use, so the company anticipates making its first shipments in late September or early October,” said LG Chem spokesman Randy Boileau on Thursday, Aug. 1.
The 600,000 square foot plant was built at a cost of $303 million and had been intended as the source for the Volt and Ford Focus Electric in mid-2012.
As we know, the plant got into some hot water in February this year, but it appears that is history now.
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