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    Default 2015/2016 Spark EV MPGe (and kudos)

    Articles on the internet make it clear that in 2015, Chevy modified the Spark EV to put higher RPMs on the engine (drive ratio changed from 3.17 in 2014 to 3.87 in 2015 and 2016) and boost the efficiency at lower (city driving) speeds, allowing Chevy to reduce the battery capacity by 10% and make the car 100 lbs lighter. I've now directly compared the 2014 and 2016 Spark EVs, as I drove a 2014 Spark EV for two years and have now been driving a 2016 Spark EV for about a month. True to the articles, I'm seeing that the 2016 Spark EV is noticeably more efficient--at least 10%-15% higher based on my early numbers. I am getting 5 to 6 miles per kWh in the city when I drive conservatively (gentle braking and accelerating). That amounts to 170 - 200 MPGe--multiply miles/kWh from the battery (not from your wall outlet) by 33.7 according to Wikipedia. So why is Chevy claiming the same 128/109 (city/highway) MPGe numbers for the 2016 Spark EV as for the 2014 Spark EV? It has kick-ass mileage--almost twice what Tesla claims for their cars. Chevy should be advertising this excellent performance.

    The 2016 Spark EV also continues to be the top-ranked budget EV according to Car and Driver (five stars). Given it's low price, I cannot understand why more people are not buying or leasing this car, whereas I see way too many of those hideous, overpriced BMW i3's driving around. I hope the Bolt can keep up the high standard that the Spark EV has set.

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    I personally much prefer the looks of the i3, but the Spark EV is still nice.

    My guess is Spark would sell better if it were marketed and sold country wide. Also, it is maybe too similar to the cheapest Chevy available, the gas Spark.

    My guess is it might cost extra to recertify the car, so they don't bother. Getting rid of the planetary gear set is a big step up in efficiency. I hope that the Bolt EV is similar.

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    GM didn't bother to recertify the 2015 Volt, even though it had a 0.6 kWh larger battery. Probably not worth it for the Spark, since it's a limited availability vehicle that is about to end production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viking79 View Post
    I personally much prefer the looks of the i3, but the Spark EV is still nice.
    Yes, I realize that a Spark owner calling out another car for its looks is the pot calling out the kettle, but the BMW i3 annoys me. It's a "look at me," over-priced, over-rated EV compared to the Spark EV. Not that I'm biased or anything.

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    This is what I'm talking about. My mileage reached 5 mi/kwh on my 2016 Spark EV recently and continues to climb. I topped out at 4.4 mi/kwh on the 2014 model.
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    Every time I reset this trip meter it reverts back to 4.4.
    Is this a preset or the recorded average for my '14 Spark EV with 21k miles on it.
    It seems I'm always way above 4.4 on the trip meter when I reset it, sometimes way above it I take the slow road commuting.

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