The Spark EV (electric vehicle) is Chevrolet’s latest electrified car, being the battery electric cousin to the larger range-extended electric Volt. Today, the automaker released a short infographic explaining EV Etiquette to those new to driving electric cars.
That infographic, reproduced below, details some information that those new to plug-in driving may not be aware of. It details how to use charging stations, where to park, and residential driving.
Here are a few more ideas to battery electric owners who wish to get the most out of their EV experience:
- Recharge daily – And do it quicker with the soon-to-be-available SAE combo charger for DC fast charging. It can recharge the 21-kWh lithium-ion battery pack to 80-percent capacity in 20 minutes.
- Extend range – Maximize the mini-car’s EPA-estimated 82 miles (130 km) of driving range by recharging in public charging stations, or use Spark EV’s standard 120V cord in any outlet.
- Don’t be a juice hog – Public charging stations are in high demand. After charging, move on so that other EV owners can recharge. Or if parking conditions allow, place a note on your dashboard saying it’s okay to unplug your car if the Green Light indicating a full charge is flashing.
- Know the distance – The available BringGo smartphone app can help Spark EV owners know how far they can go without recharging by providing full-function, in-dash navigation via Chevrolet MyLink as well as live traffic updates, for less than $60.
- Enjoy the savings – Spark EV can save its owners approximately $9,000 in fuel over five years compared to the average new vehicle – that’s $150 per month that can be spent on something else.
To learn more about the Spark EV itself, make sure to read Adam Yamada-Hanff’s hands-on writeup of the car at this link.
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