Nashco
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2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:42 pm

I stumbled on a link that has a bunch of specifications on the 2015 Spark EV. There are some highlighted changes for 2015, all of which seem like improvements in my opinion (colors are obviously subjective):

http://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NASApp ... 743&type=1
Chevrolet Car (2015) Spark EV

Deletions

Spark EV Deletions include:
- (GYV) Titanium exterior color
- (FXP) 3.17 final drive ratio axle

New Features

Spark EV New Features include:
- (FX6) 3.87 final drive ratio axle
- Late availability exterior colors for 2LT only: (G6E) Salsa and (G6F) Lime
- Late availability (VV4) OnStar Gen 10 with 4G and Wi-Fi hotspot capability

Changes

Spark EV Changes include:
- Larger EV Eco badge
- Late introduction: 2LT interior Electric Blue trim and accents are dropped and replaced with Silver
- Late introduction: Instrument panel cluster surround changes from Electric Blue to Piano Black for both 1LT and 2LT
- Late introduction: Stitching on shift boot cover and leather-wrapped steering wheel changes from Electric Blue to Black
That's the gearing I wanted, and the interior trim I think many will appreciate...I hate the baby blue stuff on an otherwise not-blue car and I don't think I'm alone. I'm glad to hear the different planetary gearset is mechanically compatible, as I previously suspected, as this is a very easy way to improve acceleration if you are willing to sacrifice top speed. I'll be very curious to see if they are using that to reduce motor torque and be nicer to components, or if they'll leave the motor performance as is and increase vehicle performance.

Bryce

MysteriousJ
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:33 pm

Deletions

Spark EV Deletions include:
- (GYV) Titanium exterior color
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I prefer titanium to black granite. I will never own another purely 'Black' car ever again (too much maintenance to keep it shiny, scratch free)

then again
Late availability exterior colors for 2LT only: (G6E) Salsa
I wouldn't mind a Salsa red spark :D
Late introduction: 2LT interior Electric Blue trim and accents are dropped and replaced with Silver
- Late introduction: Instrument panel cluster surround changes from Electric Blue to Piano Black for both 1LT and 2LT
It's about time, this is one of the 'lame' things about the current version of this car and one of the first things I would be interested in modding if I had purchased it.

Nashco
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:52 pm

Sounds like if you want Titanium, you better buy soon! Interior is easy to change out later, body color is a big deal.

Bryce

MysteriousJ
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:07 pm

Nashco wrote:Sounds like if you want Titanium, you better buy soon! Interior is easy to change out later, body color is a big deal.

Bryce
I would have purchased one by now if it weren't for my job having me travel to several places between the mid-west and the east coast for the next 6 months. The only option is to use my ICE car to make these trips.

Perhaps by the end of august the 2015 version will be available and hopefully more DCFC stations pop up.

psykokid
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:36 am

MysteriousJ wrote:
Late introduction: 2LT interior Electric Blue trim and accents are dropped and replaced with Silver
- Late introduction: Instrument panel cluster surround changes from Electric Blue to Piano Black for both 1LT and 2LT
It's about time, this is one of the 'lame' things about the current version of this car and one of the first things I would be interested in modding if I had purchased it.
That's one of the main reasons why ours had to be blue :) The blue interior trim in a non blue car would have driven me nuts. On the blue cars it works, others including black, not so much..

emotodude
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:14 pm

So they're switching to a taller gear ratio or just as an option? If they are not upping the motor torque as well, that is a substantial reduction in torque to the wheels, approx 20%. Not that "most" people really need it, and the small improvement in range is probably a worthwhile trade off for most.

But I'm glad I have my "peppy" version :)

Nashco
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:23 pm

Other way around, 2014 is 3.17 and 2015 is 3.87, which means if they use the exact same motor torque curve the 2015 will accelerate faster but have a theoretically reduced top speed.

Bryce

TonyWilliams
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:35 am

Nashco wrote:Other way around, 2014 is 3.17 and 2015 is 3.87, which means if they use the exact same motor torque curve the 2015 will accelerate faster but have a theoretically reduced top speed.

Bryce
And probably lower economy at the same speed as a 2014 model. Everything in design and engineering has a trade-off.
Contrary to many folks here, I do NOT own a LEAF.

Nashco
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:46 am

TonyWilliams wrote:
Nashco wrote:Other way around, 2014 is 3.17 and 2015 is 3.87, which means if they use the exact same motor torque curve the 2015 will accelerate faster but have a theoretically reduced top speed.

Bryce
And probably lower economy at the same speed as a 2014 model. Everything in design and engineering has a trade-off.
It all depends on the operation point used for your duty cycle versus the motor efficiency plot. If you travel on more city streets, at low speeds, it might actually improve range. Until it's actually released, though, this is all just speculation.

Bryce

nozferatu
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:58 pm

What a real shame they don't offer xenon or HID options...real real real shame. That would have really improved the car's appeal.

Drop the silly shifter too...just put buttons for crying out loud!

They can also drop the cheesy chrome accents that seems to be the bane of all American cars...for the life of me I don't know why.

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