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by flyingpertyhigh
Thu May 23, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

This means you could be loosing between 1 an 5.7 kWh or battery capacity per year, which would translate to loosing 6.6 miles or up to 37 miles of range per year. Thanks for the reply. I’m very concerned about long term degradation and it’s effect on her ability to continue this drive long term. I’...
by flyingpertyhigh
Thu May 23, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

So just an interesting update on this. I got all the data I posted from my test drive of the route. My wife just drove the route by herself for the first time without stopping on the way to work. With tires inflated cold to 45PSI and the cabin preheated (was 58 this morning), she made it there with ...
by flyingpertyhigh
Fri May 17, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

With that in mind, know that driving with the cruise at 55 is probably not the most efficient, nor fastest, way to get there. You'd do better in both time and energy usage to follow (at a reasonable distance - no need to tailgate) a big rig going 60-65. What I'd do is get on the highway, set the cr...
by flyingpertyhigh
Fri May 17, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

I used to drive 120 miles a day in my spark. At the time level 3 charging was not available but my car was equipped with it. I would get to work using 50% of my charge. Plug in and charge to full then go home and charge to full again. I have 115K miles now. I only drive 50 miles a day now. I drive ...
by flyingpertyhigh
Wed May 15, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: A "funny" thing happened on the way to CarMax
Replies: 7
Views: 601

Re: A "funny" thing happened on the way to CarMax

Two things: 1) I'm glad to see that another Spark with very similar mileage (I have 50k) has a similar range estimation at full charge. 2) My sister has a Ford Flex that just one day wouldn't start. She had it towed to Ford, after trying to jump start it, and they told her that they have no idea wha...
by flyingpertyhigh
Wed May 15, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Question / New Spark EV Owner
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: Charging Question / New Spark EV Owner

Here's another clue: my car honks 4x in a row when plugged in to charge instead of 1x, but the charge light goes to solid green very quickly and it begins charging immediately. I took the advice of another poster and tested the 120v charger it came with, and that charger DOES appear to follow the s...
by flyingpertyhigh
Wed May 15, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

1 hour of L2 charging adds about 3 kWh to the battery. At 4.3 mi/kwh, you are only adding about 13 miles of range. You must also take battery degradation into consideration. Yea those numbers are about what we see. Yesterday afternoon I took the car myself and drove all the way to her office. Tires...
by flyingpertyhigh
Wed May 15, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

I'd agree that sounds like a personal preference. I'd enjoy the extra 30 minutes to myself in the morning to get ahead on e-mails. I personally think (and this is my opinion) that your real question should be if commuting that far is really reasonable. A lot of people don't consider the wear and te...
by flyingpertyhigh
Mon May 13, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Commuting 160 miles in a Spark EV

Hi everyone - this is a tremendous community . I wanted to share my commuting schedule in my Spark EV. When we bought the car used my wife only needed to get around town, but she just took a job in Irvine and we are not in a position to get a different car. We don’t have DC fast charging option. The...
by flyingpertyhigh
Sun May 12, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Charging Question / New Spark EV Owner
Replies: 13
Views: 651

Re: Charging Question / New Spark EV Owner

Here's another clue: my car honks 4x in a row when plugged in to charge instead of 1x, but the charge light goes to solid green very quickly and it begins charging immediately. I took the advice of another poster and tested the 120v charger it came with, and that charger DOES appear to follow the sc...

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