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Spark EV: Save for essentials

2013-08-13 13:07

MORE MONEY FOR STARBUCKS: According to Chevrolet, the savings in fuel over five years could net you R89 000 or 6425 Starbucks coffees. Image: Chevrolet

DETROIT, Michigan - Chevrolet's Spark EV, an electric hatchback, can, according to its maker, save its owners the equivalent of R89 000 in in fuel over five years compared to the average new vehicle.

“That’s over R1400 a month that can be spent on something else," Chevrolet says.

The Spark EV’s EPA-estimated combined city/highway fuel economy is equivalent to 1.9 litres/100km and a range of 131km per charge.

‘ONE OF MOST AFFORDABLE EVS’

Chevrolet’s director of small cars and electric vehicles, Cristi Landy, said: “Spark EV is one of the most affordable EV's on the market and hs one of the lowest costs of ownership of any new vehicle ou. It's a great city car that rewards frequent use by being fun, efficient and affordable.”

The Spark EV is powered by a GM-designed co-axial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 110kW/542Nm.
 
Buyers will be able to upgrade the vehicle so it can be fast-charged to 80% of battery maximum in only 20 minutes.

According to Chevrolet, the Spark EV makes it possible to afford a number of other “big-ticket items”, as well as some everyday items. They're talking one or other of...
An around-the-world air ticket.
A Viking outdoor grille – up to R80 000.
Six pairs of Google Glasses - R15 000 each.
60 Nike+ FuelBands - R1480 each
6425 Starbucks Tall Coffee of the Day - the equivalent of R18.35 each.

EASY PAYMENTS

While there are no plans to bring the new Chevrolet Spark EV to South Africa, we can dream. General Motors said its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will sell from an equivalent of R266 000 but will be significantly cheaper with a federal tax credit of R73 000.

The Detroit News reported that Chev would lease its pure electric Spark EV 1LT from as little as the dollar equivalent of R1700 a month over three years, with R10 000 down on signing.
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