StEVen
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Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:38 pm

SparkE wrote:Living in Texas (where it might get very hot) I would suggest not filling your Spark (to full) every time you plug it in. By now you should have figured out about how many miles of range show on the guess-o-meter when full. So, just figure out 'about' how many miles of range you are comfortable with when leaving home, and fill up to that, not more than about 80% full. Yeah, it involves thinking about it, and a small bit of mental calc ("gee, it's showing 35 miles, and it normally shows 100 when full, so I want to add about 45 miles, and that's about 3 hours on the level-2 EVSE - I'll come out and unplug in 3 hours."). It becomes 2nd nature and really easy to do after about a week.

Keeping the range of the battery between 30-80% *in general* should help prolong the life of the battery. You shouldn't worry about it too much (say, if you fill to full "by accident"), but if your "default" mode (when it is easy) is to baby the battery, then your battery might just baby you over the years.

Some people say it isn't necessary, but my reasoning is that if an extra 15 or 45 seconds of thinking or planning or doing when parking the car *might* prolong the battery health, then it is worth doing even if it has no effect at all. Well, so long as you don't fixate on it - just try and do it most of the time.
Thanks for the tips. I only use the level 2 when I need to charge quickly so mostly 8 or 12 amps at 120v. I don't drive much so its only getting charged every 3 or 4 days. I'm hoping this will help with my battery longevity. Working nights also helps with keeping it out of the direct heat during the hot summer months. Here is hoping.
2nd owner
'15 2LT w/ DCFC
21k miles
Stock front wheels w/ 195's on all 4 corners.
Sold for my next EV which is yet to be decided.

SparkieV
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Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:19 am

Right outside Ithaca, NY!

TheGriffinSpark
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Location: Suffolk, VA

Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:20 am

New owner of a 2015 here! I think I'm the only one in Southeast Virginia... Got it via Carvana from somewhere in California. Loving it so far!

Largo16
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Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:41 pm

Seattle, Wa
2015 DCFC Spark w/ 22,000.

Engineear
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Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:13 pm

Mesa AZ
2015 DCFC 14500 miles.
New plate will read...slvrhmr. Silver hammer that Maxwell used.

Mesasand
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Location: Las Vegas, NV

Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:36 am

Las Vegas, Nevada. I did like most people, shopped California dealerships with the intention of trucking it back to Sin City.

The most interesting part of the search? Finding a dealership willing to arrange transport as part of the deal! I had one dealer literally tell me on the phone, “We don’t have any relationships with transport companies.” REALLY? Then how do you get cars to your lot??

Ultimately I found a 2016 CPO cerfified from the GMCertified.com website, and a dealership in Tracy, CA willing to ship. As it’s my first EV, I wanted the extra assurance of warranty coverage for the vehicle, especially the battery. Very happy with the car so far. Much more fun to drive than my wife’s Pathfinder! Best yet, I work at casinos, and many of them have free chargers! I bet I’ve paid less than $5.00 in power so far, which would have been something like $60 in gas in the other car!
Mesasand
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2016 Spark EV LT2, 30k miles

NORTON
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Location: KC,MO

Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:05 am

Mesasand wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:36 am
...Best yet, I work at casinos, and many of them have free chargers! I bet I’ve paid less than $5.00 in power so far, which would have been something like $60 in gas in the other car!
Once you get used to the car, you may get to where you only charge for free.
In a way it's better to leave the car overnight with <50% SOC, (if it doesn't need TMS).

I do that about 9 months a year bc I give the car love and TMS during the winter months. You get a little taste of that, rarely.

I top up once a day at work on a free public L2, which is now seeing some Model 3 action lately,,, the cheap bastd's... ;)
If I go far on a weekend I'll hit a DCFC sometimes.
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC. +76 K miles.
Mostly free charging! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.
3 step Trouble Tree, 2nd guess not covered by warranty and cost $800. 3rd guess fixed the problem.

Tingull
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Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:48 am

Just bought a 2015 DCFC and absolutely love it! I’m in Chattanooga, TN. Looking forward to learning more about EVs in general.

MrDRMorgan
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Location: Manteca in Central California

Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:07 pm

Tingull wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:48 am
Just bought a 2015 DCFC and absolutely love it! I’m in Chattanooga, TN. Looking forward to learning more about EVs in general.
Welcome to the EV "gang". The Spark EV is a great car to learn with. But be careful. You may get so attached to the car that you may never let it go! :lol:

randa1724
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Re: Where do we all live? Sparks are dispersing.

Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:37 pm

Eau Claire, Wi here. 2016 1lt with dcfc. Came from Milwaukie, Oregon. Dealer had three to choose from. Mine has 13,600 miles. Only had it for a week but love it.

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