nj1266
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:38 pm

nozferatu wrote:So has anyone driven the new Spark EV? Any quicker?

Had an interesting encounter tonight myself...this car puts a smile on my face everytime I smoke a car 3 times the price or more.

Sadly, the off line performance is lacking however.
Have you ever tried to torque brake the car before take off? Hold the brakes, mash the throttle, and then lift off the brakes. Does it help at all?

blownb310
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:19 pm

nj1266 wrote:
Have you ever tried to torque brake the car before take off? Hold the brakes, mash the throttle, and then lift off the brakes. Does it help at all?
The car will not let us do that. The ecu cuts power when the brake pedal is depressed.
Mike

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CapitalDistrictEVDrivers/

TonyWilliams
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:49 am

sv650john wrote:Imagine this multiplying to train stations, airports, ship terminals (navy base in SD where 5000 guys get off an aircraft carrier and have no way to get around?).
Imagine if GM funded a startup company to do this - and then leased them hundreds of Spark EV's for the operation, thus accruing the CARB ZEV credits they so desperately need. They wouldn't even need to make money on renting the cars out, they'd break even immediately by not having to buy CARB credits from Tesla et al.

Are you listening GM?
Already done by Toyota with their pathetic Scion iQ EV with 38 miles of EPA range. They built 92, only fleet, no private sales.

Daimler / Mercedes also has a very successful business model (with lots of juicy CARB-ZEV credits) with their Car2Go fleet of Smart EV's in San Diego.

A new company, HULA, is also starting with Nissan LEAF's in north San Diego and Orange counties. They are the only ones (so far) that use an EV that can quick charge.
Contrary to many folks here, I do NOT own a LEAF.

cwerdna
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:10 pm

So, Tony, are you going to conduct another of your famous San Diego range tests on a '15 Spark EV? Are i3s (both BEV and REx) versions in your queue? The Kia Soul EV, whenever that goes on sale would be another interesting test...

TonyWilliams
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:41 pm

cwerdna wrote:So, Tony, are you going to conduct another of your famous San Diego range tests on a '15 Spark EV? Are i3s (both BEV and REx) versions in your queue? The Kia Soul EV, whenever that goes on sale would be another interesting test...

Sure, I don't see why not. I have several cars in the queue to test. The problem is that I've spent most of 2014 outside the USA.
Contrary to many folks here, I do NOT own a LEAF.

nozferatu
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:48 pm

nj1266 wrote:
nozferatu wrote:So has anyone driven the new Spark EV? Any quicker?

Had an interesting encounter tonight myself...this car puts a smile on my face everytime I smoke a car 3 times the price or more.

Sadly, the off line performance is lacking however.
Have you ever tried to torque brake the car before take off? Hold the brakes, mash the throttle, and then lift off the brakes. Does it help at all?
No doesn't help plus I don't think it's good for the powertrain.

buickanddeere
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:33 am

nj1266 wrote:
nozferatu wrote:
Have you ever tried to torque brake the car before take off? Hold the brakes, mash the throttle, and then lift off the brakes. Does it help at all?
Where is the turbo charger you are spooling up while loading what torque convertor ?

DarrenDonovan
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:03 am

The Brownstone article mentioned that the battery pack is 19 kWh. Does anybody know if that is usable capacity, or total capacity?
Thanks,
2013 Volt, Silver Ice Metallic
2015 Spark EV, Summit White 2LT

FutureFolly
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:58 pm

DarrenDonovan wrote:The Brownstone article mentioned that the battery pack is 19 kWh. Does anybody know if that is usable capacity, or total capacity?
Thanks,
People have been quoting 18 of 19 kWhs are usable. Haven't seen anything official with those numbers though.

Leafless
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Re: 2015 Chevy Spark EV specifications

Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:38 am

OK... Leafless here... new to this forum. Maybe a better handle would have been "Clueless." Well, maybe not 100% clueless, but certainly confused. Here is what I don't understand:

2014 Spark EV specs detail 400 ft. lbs. torque and use the 3.17 final drive ratio.
2015 Spark EV specs detail 327 ft. lbs. torque and use the 3.87 final drive ratio.

I understand that there is a difference in the batteries used for these two model years. And, since I have not been able to find any information relating to a change in the motor, I am assuming that the motors across these two model years are identical. (If I am wrong on this point, please enlighten me.)

So, why the difference in torque?

Also, I saw something indicating the the max rpm for the 14 is 5500 rpm. I haven't seen anything regarding the max rpm for the 15-16 Spark EV. Has this changed?

Note: This post was also added to the 400 ft lb topic... not sure which one is more appropriate.

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