2014 Chevy Spark EV First With CCS Quick-Charge Port (As Option)

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Chevrolet's diminutive Spark EV will be the first car in the U.S. to offer the new SAE Combo charger for DC fast charging.

Other electric cars have touted such a system, including the Fiat 500e and upcoming BMW i3 electric car, but the Spark will be the first production car available with the system.

Available shortly after launch, the optional system will allow Spark EV drivers to charge to 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes.

Chevy says the battery is capable of handling fast charges every day too, in contrast with companies that sometimes recommend against it to preserve battery life. The 21 kWh pack comes with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

The company has already caused quite a stir with the Spark EV, with performance that comfortably eclipses that of the standard gasoline Spark.

Thanks to a 100 kilowatt (130 horsepower) electric motor, Chevy quotes a 0-60 mph time of under eight seconds. Its torque output of 400 pounds-feet is greater than that of some supercars.

That performance is combined with impressive efficiency. The Spark EV is rated at 119 MPG-equivalent in EPA combined testing, with 128 MPGe and 109 MPGe city and highway figures.

While the Spark EV itself is built in South Korea alongside other Spark models, Chevy recently announced that production of its electric motor and drive system began in White Marsh, Maryland.

We've recently driven the Spark EV again, so keep your eyes peeled for a video drive, coming soon.


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Comments (15)
  1. "Chevy says the battery is capable of handling fast charges every day too, in contrast with companies that sometimes recommend against it to preserve battery life. "

    They can't mean Nissan, since the Leaf owners manual says a DC fast charge is fine once per day, just not more than once per day.

  2. Actually, the Leaf owner manual explicitly mentions the possibility of quick-charging SEVERAL times per day.

    See page CH-7. http://owners.nissanusa.com/content/techpub/ManualsAndGuides/NissanLEAF/2013/2013-NissanLEAF-owner-manual.pdf

    GM can't be talking about Mitsubishi either: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1067070_dc-quick-charging-mitsubishi-says-you-can-do-it-every-day

    So... Just FUD then.

  3. Photo # 5/13 of the Hi-res gallery above shows a 90% full battery (9/10 bars) with an estimated 25 mile range on a car with 41 miles on the odometer. Gee, the Volt goes further than that on battery power :)

  4. Good catch!

  5. @Vladi: Hah! We actually did an article on a dummied-up photo when the Spark EV was first launched ....

  6. Are there any combo DC chargers out there yet? Because if this is an option you have to pay extra for and all you get is vaporware then this type of L3 charging is even worse than what CHAdeMO has become (except for Japan and the West Coast maybe...)

  7. There are no known public charger available yet. However, this is a chicken/egg problem where you need a market size of cars in order to have the chargers installed. CHAdeMO installation only starts to take off recently in Northern California. That is 2 years after the first Leaf arrived here...

  8. There is ONE CCS plug in Arizona, that I know of. I can't recall the name of the company offhand.

  9. Is that a "public" one or used by the company for private fleet and/or internal product research?

  10. This is a public station. It's the first CCS + CHadeMO station.

  11. That is great. So, it is being pushed out as the cars are rolling out... Is it free?

  12. there are none but my chademo port went 14months unused when I got my LEAF, so I figure, give it about a year or so

  13. "2014 Chevy Spark EV First With CCS Quick-Charge Port". That is a start, but far from being a global solution. I think state and federal authorities should give tax breaks and incentives to car manufacturers that provide EV infrastructure support. Nuclear electricity was the solution to lower the costs of electricity, but after the Japan disaster, nuclear power plants' proliferation will be out of the equation for a long time. The EV revolution is not going to happen until solar electricity hits big cities meeting the needs of customers living in apartment buildings. State authorities should give contractors incentives also to build solar parking lots in apartment buildings, shopping malls, and public schools.

  14. I agree with the incentives to a limited degree, but would prefer that the automakers not be directly involved. Some just out of bankruptcy and they have their own problems to concentrate on.

    I would not rule out nuclear plants that quickly, either. Not every location has the same earthquake/tsunami risk that Japan does, for example. I'm personally not convinced we need more nuclear myself, I just don't know that it's really out of the question yet. Perhaps it is.

  15. So what? A 200+ mile range Tesla can do the same for free, and it's not ugly. These ugly 70-100 mile cars are NOT what consumers want. They are good for in city, but is not feasible for long range travel. We want 200+ mile range EVs; and Why are they always so ugly?!! (i-Miev, Leaf, Spark, Smart EV, BMW i3...)

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