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GM rolls out new electric mini-car at LA Auto Show [Doubling Down on Failure]
AP ^ | 11-27-2012 | By DEE-ANN DURBIN

Posted on 11/27/2012 8:17:04 AM PST by Red Badger

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is giving its Chevrolet Spark a jolt of electricity.

An all-electric version of the mini-car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale this summer in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea, where it's made. Other markets will follow.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt sedan, which can run in all-electric mode but also has a backup gas engine, the Spark EV is a pure electric. GM won't say how far the car will go on a charge, but says it will be a top performer among the small number of EVs available. The current leader, the electric Ford Focus sedan, can go 76 miles on a charge.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Technical
KEYWORDS: auto; automakers; bhoenergy; electric; electriccars; generalmotors; spark; volt
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1 posted on 11/27/2012 8:17:09 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Let us all remember GM’s motto, “There’s nothing out there that we cannot do worse.”


2 posted on 11/27/2012 8:18:45 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

What’s good for GM is good for the country................


3 posted on 11/27/2012 8:20:01 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

I suppose you could buy one and use it as a skate board.. I’ll take two and use um as roller skates.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 8:22:44 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Red Badger

Makes perfect sense to promote a coal-powered cars at a time when our idiot president is killing the coal industry.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 8:25:14 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Red Badger

Yuck! Ugly car, ugly color. Why do those two failures always seem to go together?


6 posted on 11/27/2012 8:25:19 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Cut the cable today!)
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To: Da Coyote
“There’s nothing out there that we cannot do worse.”

Like name an electric car 'Spark'?
7 posted on 11/27/2012 8:26:52 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: Red Badger

Am I stupid? I have two friends who drive a Prius, which they’ve had FOR YEARS. Both are still getting over 45 MPG with plenty of power, carrying 4 of us to the Alabama game last week. I understand the new models are even better, and in fact you see Chicago Cabbies driving them.

How does this compare with the mediocrity at GM?


8 posted on 11/27/2012 8:28:09 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: Red Badger

Note the obama-zombie driving it, and all the folks on the sidewalk, IGNORING it.

Good color for the car...for the obama-zombies.


9 posted on 11/27/2012 8:28:12 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Red Badger
... among the small number of EVs available. The current leader, the electric Ford Focus sedan, can go 76 miles on a charge.

The Tesla Roadster can go over 200 miles on a charge.

10 posted on 11/27/2012 8:29:09 AM PST by wideminded
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To: Red Badger
Remind me I need to remove all outside outlets on my home and business.

I'm old enough to remember the rash of siphoning during the first fuel crisis. I see history repeating itself, but this time with extension cords.

11 posted on 11/27/2012 8:30:39 AM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Red Badger

If I saw something like this on my driveway, I’d spray it with Raid. Ugleee.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 8:30:56 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Red Badger

Range is about 18 holes. Are golf clubs included?


13 posted on 11/27/2012 8:33:42 AM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: Red Badger

14 posted on 11/27/2012 8:33:42 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything... IS... a conspiracy)
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To: Red Badger

One of the benefits of rural life, that thing will destroy itself inside a year getting back to my home everyday so I have a perfect excuse to laugh at it.

Sometimes I threaten to not smooth the washouts in on our hills with the tractor just to listen to the whining of my wife’s friend who drives a Prius back to our place all the time.

Can’t stand that woman...


15 posted on 11/27/2012 8:34:27 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Red Badger
I'll walk first.
16 posted on 11/27/2012 8:36:27 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Red Badger
Oh, goody! A Voltette mini-electric hybrid. Nothing is impossible for Government Motors and Obama’s ego.
17 posted on 11/27/2012 8:39:02 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Gay State Conservative

Sh*tbox.


18 posted on 11/27/2012 8:39:41 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Red Badger

Anybody that gets on the beltway with that thing has a death wish.


19 posted on 11/27/2012 8:39:57 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Red Badger

The blue vehicle parked behind it is a much more practical form of transportation (bicycle).


20 posted on 11/27/2012 8:41:18 AM PST by Disambiguator (America chose...poorly.)
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To: Red Badger
Hmmmm..... this might have been the prototype back in 1966


21 posted on 11/27/2012 8:41:43 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: ZOOKER

http://www.budind.com/view/NEMA+Boxes/UL_NEMA_IEC+NBA+Series


22 posted on 11/27/2012 8:44:23 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger; All

the (girlie :) guy is saying: "I wonder IF anyone notices me!".....
(note: the pastel sunglasses and shirt :)
Is this the next O'Bama Phone..(given) w/ forced taxpayers' support.

23 posted on 11/27/2012 8:44:23 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: ZOOKER

I installed switches on all my exterior outlets after I found out that a former neighbor was plugging his pool filter into one of them after I left for work.


24 posted on 11/27/2012 8:44:36 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’ll walk first.

yes , Spark = FIRE ,a brain dead Democrat must have come up with that name


25 posted on 11/27/2012 8:44:53 AM PST by molson209
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To: MasterGunner01

Not a hybrid. ALL electric.......no gas engine........


26 posted on 11/27/2012 8:46:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Wiggins

I would have run a 220 line and used a 120 outlet.......


27 posted on 11/27/2012 8:48:31 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger
"I would have run a 220 line and used a 120 outlet....... "

Lol.

28 posted on 11/27/2012 8:50:45 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: Wiggins

A better solution would be to temporarily rewire the outlet your neighbor is stealing power from to put out 240 volts.

Then watch the smoke coming out of his pool filter or electric car.


29 posted on 11/27/2012 8:51:30 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Cut the cable today!)
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To: Red Badger

Take the doors and roof off and it might make a good golf cart. Need wider tires, though.


30 posted on 11/27/2012 8:52:38 AM PST by wrench
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To: skinkinthegrass

Its about the same size as my golf cart only not as classy looking.


31 posted on 11/27/2012 8:54:12 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Red Badger
Yeah that car is definitely a chick magnet.
32 posted on 11/27/2012 8:55:11 AM PST by Obadiah (What if the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash?)
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To: Red Badger

It is a “Ka” with an electric motor.

A golf cart would be better.


33 posted on 11/27/2012 8:55:45 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red Badger

Metrosexual: A homosexual that can’t get laid.


34 posted on 11/27/2012 8:55:53 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Red Badger

Don’t buy their crap, buy mine.

Same Shiite.....less money.

People are stupid who buy these things.

You have to really manage and plan trips to ensure you don’t get stranded somewhere and you can’t refuel/recharge like you can with a gas operated vehicle.

Gas refuels in about 3 minutes and distribution is everywhere.

Electric recharges in 6+ hours and distribution is beyond sparse.

Try getting out of town in an emergency in one of those things. Not gonna happen.

There’s a reason why they are primarily bought by over $150k earners, primarily.

Electric vehicles are generally a 3rd vehicle in their household. they can afford to pretend they are doing their part to save mother earth.

It’s also a status symbol.


35 posted on 11/27/2012 8:56:04 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nikos1121

“How does this compare with the mediocrity at GM?”

Well, I have a neighbor who has both a Prius and a Volt, and he says that the VOLT is clearly a better vehicle. I wouldn’t have either one of them, but at least the Volt isn’t a Clown Car insofar as size and comfort are concerned. He commutes 110 miles each way to work and back with the Volt, and says that he hasn’t noticed a change in his electric bill since buying the Volt. I guess what pisses me off is that he pays no road taxes on the electricity like the rest of us do when we fill up. And for “going green” he get’s to charge up at work for free too.


36 posted on 11/27/2012 8:56:45 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Fresh Wind

That car just screams “Flaming Poofter Inside”


37 posted on 11/27/2012 8:57:57 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Wiggins

He wouldn’t do it again........


38 posted on 11/27/2012 8:58:36 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Vendome

Ahhhh! You’re talking about the fart sniffers.


39 posted on 11/27/2012 9:00:13 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

After subsidy ($7,500 from the gracious taxpayer...or our Chinese overlords...or whatever fairy provides this credit), it is set to cost $25,000.

$25,000!!!


40 posted on 11/27/2012 9:01:02 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Wiggins
When I added on to my house recently I debated wiring an outside outlet.
It dawned on me that in the 25 years I lived here, I used an outside outlet maybe 5 times. Not enough to justify installing one.
If I need power outside, I will use the wall outlet I installed just inside the garage door.
41 posted on 11/27/2012 9:01:11 AM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: Red Badger

An electric Yugo.


42 posted on 11/27/2012 9:01:34 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: vette6387

I thought the Volt only got about 30 miles on battery before the ICE kicked in.


43 posted on 11/27/2012 9:08:41 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything... IS... a conspiracy)
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To: Red Badger
A Volt hybrid gets about 40 miles (or less) on a full charge and has an engine backup for a low battery condition (to charge the battery and get its owner to his destination). The new Voltette (aka Spark) is all-electric and has how many miles per charge with no backup for low battery power? How stupid are these people at Government Motors? This is nothing more than an overpriced golf cart.
44 posted on 11/27/2012 9:11:24 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Red Badger

Build it and they will yawn.


45 posted on 11/27/2012 9:11:46 AM PST by Lexington Green (Massive voter fraud - A stolen election)
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To: Red Badger

Unsafe at any speed

Ralph Nader


46 posted on 11/27/2012 9:18:44 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: nikos1121

Buy a VW Diesel.

You can get the same 45mpg in a real car.


47 posted on 11/27/2012 9:24:56 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Mitt has dogs for pets - Obama had them for lunch)
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To: Vaduz
Ralph Nader

...is a sensationalistic nitwit who never let facts get in the way of drama.

48 posted on 11/27/2012 9:26:02 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: Red Badger

If I were a South Korean living in South Korea, lived 5 miles from work, and could afford afford to pay about a $10,000 premium for an EV, I might consider buting one of these.

Government Motors has its head so far up Obama’s rear end you can see the logo when he opens his pie hole.


49 posted on 11/27/2012 9:38:01 AM PST by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: Red Badger
Spark?

I'd suggest Spank, Spit, Stink or Spew instead.

50 posted on 11/27/2012 9:38:01 AM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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