SPARK EV

Discussion in 'General Motors' started by jim, May 14, 2018.

  1. jim

    jim Active Member

    Nov 8th 2018 I also found the Torque APP for 4.95 on line. I can now read the battery capacity in 2 minutes with any amount of charge on the Spark EV, A Volt ot s Bolt. It's a great app but adding the PIDS is not easy. The files with them is on the spark ev facebook.
     
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  2. lem

    lem New Member

    You might check out Carvana. They list under "optional" if the Spark has a quick charger.
     
  3. jim

    jim Active Member

    I also now use an OBDII reader and the TORQUE APP with the Chevy PIDS from a facebook forum on the SPARK EV. I only have 13.3 kWh battery Cap left. All the other 12 I have checked are from 14.4 to over 16.6 kWh. My neighbor has a 2015 with 90K miles and good battery CAp at 14.8
     
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  4. Cypress

    Cypress Active Member

    PNW
    What OBDII reader do you have? Does the Torque App work on iPhones?
     
  5. Alex Soto

    Alex Soto New Member

    I've had my Spark EV since November and I've only gotten like 50 miles per charge. How can I increase my range?
     
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  6. Cypress

    Cypress Active Member

    PNW
    Lots of factors.
    Where do you live?

    Is it cold there in the winter?

    Are you using your heater full blast? You can increase efficiency by using the HVAC Auto mode setting, and setting for a comfortable room temp like 68deg. Or just using the seat heater.

    If you have a usual commute time in the morning, and it is cold in the morning, you can use the departure time charge setting. This will warm up the battery, which will increase efficiency, as well as not use the power for preconditioning the battery.

    If you have L2 charging at home, you can also preheat the cabin while plugged in (using the app or the key fob). It will start up the HVAC at the last used settings. Then you are using house power instead of battery power.

    Other that, the usual driving efficiency tips. Stay at 60mph or under on highway, don’t hammer then accelerator.
     
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  7. Gee Money

    Gee Money New Member

    I snicker when BMW i3 or Leaf tries to take off on my Spark EV only to blow them into the weeds. lol
    btw: check out Rose Motorcars in Castro Valley. They sell Spark EV's and I bought mine from them last week.
     
  8. Paul LVEVA

    Paul LVEVA New Member

    And don’t forget about GM’s certified pre owned website. They have extended warranty for the battery and free service appointments. Prices range from $7k to about $11k.
     
  9. Spoonman.

    Spoonman. New Member

    My 94-year-old grandmother needed a new around-town car after her 2007 became undriveable. She tried a Spark EV and loved it, so on Saturday I took her to the dealer and now she's the owner of a CPO Spark EV. She did some driving yesterday to get used to it and was very happy. She has no problem plugging and unplugging the cord, and she likes how "perky" it is.
     
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  10. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    That is awesome. I'm also a Spark EV owner who loves its "perkiness." :)
     
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  11. Cypress

    Cypress Active Member

    PNW
    I told my 104 old grandpa that I had an electric car. He smiled and said “we had those when I was a boy”.
     
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  12. Alex Soto

    Alex Soto New Member

    My only qualm with the Spark is the range. I intend to get a Tesla but for now my Spark will do.
     
  13. Cypress

    Cypress Active Member

    PNW
    I traded in the Spark EV (and my Pontiac Solstice GXP) for a used Tesla Model 3 AWD.

    The Model 3 is a good car, but consumes a lot more energy than my old SparkE. Course, I can actually run the heater now in the winter and not have to worry about my range.
     
  14. Spoonman.

    Spoonman. New Member

    My grandmother remembers stuffing newspaper in her jacket when getting in the car as a kid, because it didn't have heat, so you needed the extra insulation.
     
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  15. Alex Soto

    Alex Soto New Member

    I live in Southern California, and the coldest it gets is around 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit. I get lucky if I could get 50 miles on a charge. When it's warmer I can get about an additional 20-30 miles. That's just not enough range.
     

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