General Motors said Wednesday that the battery-powered version of its Chevrolet Spark mini-car can travel up to 82 miles on a single charge, putting it among the leaders in mass-market electric vehicles sold in the U.S.
The Spark EV also gets the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon in testing monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. GM said that makes it the most efficient car available for sale to the public. The figure is for combined city and highway driving.
The tiny electric Chevrolet goes on sale in July in Oregon and California. GM hasn't released the price but has said it will be less than $32,500, excluding a $7,500 federal tax credit. The company also hasn't said when it will go on sale in other states.
In this economy that isn't a bad thing, if we had a normal economy all things staying the same, gas would be over five bucks a gallon, maybe more. Electric cars may be marginal now, but in the future they will be welcomed when people are forced into realizing that cheap oil is a thing of the past.
Battery tech has come a long way, but it isn't at its peak, in the laboratories there are new developments like graphene, yet to make it to the market that has promise of longer distances and faster charges.
"They have developed a new Germanium (Ge)-based material with 5 times more energy storage and the potential to go at least 2 times farther on a charge than current electric vehicles.
"Professor Guo, who is an ARC QEII Fellow, said the development of this inexpensive manufacturing technique is a breakthrough that will provide a significant improvement in battery technology, which can be used to power the next generation of clean-tech electric cars.
“The novel anode materials are very simple to synthesize and cost-effective.”
There were over 1,800 automobile manufacturers in the United States from 1896 to 1930. Very few survived and only a few new ones were started after that period.
Not all electric autos will survive, but the electric auto will.