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Chevrolet's Spark EV will be the first car in the U.S. to offer the new SAE Combo charger for DC fast charging.

What is SAE Combo Charger, you ask?

This optional system will allow Spark EV drivers to charge to 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes. This will be the first production car available with this system.

The 21 kWh pack also comes with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.
 

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I think for EV owners this charger or charging option is a must to avoid hassle. Being able to charge %80 is incredible but what about the %20 left? How long does that take to charge? And the bigger question would be just how much are we looking for this charger?
 

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I'm not overly familiar with EV tech. Are the charging stations use a special kind of charger or is there a way to plug into a normal wall outlet?
 

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I think the charger might just be using a different power supply where it converts the voltage to run faster charging time. Pretty smart this will be a hot seller believe me the convenience and the how fast it charges is worth the money. A EV owner will tell you the same.
 

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Most electric cars can be charged overnight in a standard 120V household outlet. However, almost all models can be recharged more quickly – approximately 5 hours – in a 240V outlet, which is the same type of outlet needed for domestic clothes dryers, and which can easily be installed by a qualified electrician.

There are 3 levels of charge stations:

Most plug-in electric vehicles can be recharged overnight from a regular three-prong household wall socket (110/120 volts). This is known as Level 1 charging.

Level 2 charging is 220/240V charging, the type found at most charging stations and easily installed in most homes for a few hundred dollars. Many models can fully charge in approximately 5 hours in a 240V outlet.

All plug-in vehicles sold in North America are expected to have both Level 1 and Level 2 recharging capability.

Level 3 or “fast” chargers (typically 480 volt) have been developed to enable quick charging in as little as a half-hour, and they are being offered for sale by some electric vehicle manufacturers as well as by third parties. These are still rare.
Here's a good electric vehicle website for more info.
 

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That is one fast charge. Must be a high powered charger. The battery probably doesn't last very long if you charge it that fast though.
 

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That is one fast charge. Must be a high powered charger. The battery probably doesn't last very long if you charge it that fast though.
Thats why you keep it within it's warranty period and get rid of it once the warranty is almost up ;)

I really don't want to know the price of replacing the batteries cause from what I've seen it seems like there's a ton of labor involved then the cost of the battery....scary.
 

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That is one fast charge. Must be a high powered charger. The battery probably doesn't last very long if you charge it that fast though.
that is one concern I would have for a charger that takes some much time off a regular charge. is that usually the case with batteries though where if the charging times were less.
 

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Haven't had to go through this ordeal yet since I haven't invested in a EV yet. But some ev owners of the Leaf which is a competitor. owners have report to replace the battery packs and they cost in the range of $9,000-$18,000. Not sure if this is dependable facts but that is just a scary number.
 
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