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 Post subject: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:50 pm 
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Testing the waters here today in Upstate New York to see how the Spark EV is going to perform before the big storms arrive! So far so good!!! The Michelin X-Ice snow tires work great on this vehicle!

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:32 pm 
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I think you'll be pleased. The traction and stability control work very well in the snow and the battery heating system works well if you preheat before unplugging to keep range consistent.

If you're worried about salt and debris with those nasty roads, you may want to check out these mud flaps:

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Keep us posted!

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:09 am 
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Are those door graphics still available somewhere?
I've only seen them on 2014 model vehicles.

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:14 am 
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aviatorjames wrote:
Are those door graphics still available somewhere?
I've only seen them on 2014 model vehicles.


I tracked it down last May. Here's what I wrote then:

"My local dealer can order it. Thanks to Jeff in this thread.

John T at the the FH Dailey Chevy dealership in San Leandro, CA found it, sent me the picture below. I called my local Chevy dealer's parts dept, and they can order it: $79 is their price, same as shown in the pic. Not sure why installation is so much. The parts dept found it using the 19299198 number.

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:22 pm 
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[quote="gmarcucio"]Testing the waters here today in Upstate New York to see how the Spark EV is going to perform before the big storms arrive! So far so good!!! The Michelin X-Ice snow tires work great on this vehicle!/quote]

But what about the heater? :)
Seriously, how long would you say it takes to get to ~70F in the cabin when you start it in the morning when it's been 10F or so overnight?


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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:06 am 
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It must be essential to pre-heat in the northeast...
Mine is garaged in California and still I use this feature a lot!
Especially last week while we had near freezing temps!
(glad that's over with)

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:00 am 
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The best part about pre-heating in the winters for those of us who normally park outside is not needing to scrape the windshield! A warm interior is cozy, a warm battery is helpful to extend range, but I sure enjoy not having to scrape the windshield anymore! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:27 pm 
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I'm curious to know how well your Spark does in the Winter with regard to range. How much of a loss do you see, if any at all? The winter here in the Northwest has been relatively mild and it seems that the additional drain, has resulted in about a 15% loss of range (including the use of the heater). Can you comment on what you're seeing in your conditions in the North East?


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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:16 pm 
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I really like the racing striped on the hood and top, (as well as the door graphics). Does Chevy sell those, as well?

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 Post subject: Re: Northeast Saprk EV Testing the Winters
PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:46 am 
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gmarcucio wrote:
Testing the waters here today in Upstate New York to see how the Spark EV is going to perform before the big storms arrive! So far so good!!! The Michelin X-Ice snow tires work great on this vehicle!


Hello gmarcucio !! I just ordered a white Spark EV 2LT w/fast charger. :) I love the racing stripes on the hood and top and the graphics on the side. I saw the post later in this thread and can order the side graphics, but can you tell me where/how you got the hood and top stripes?

Thanks!!

Eric

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