Whenever the city of Yuma is brought up, one can’t help but remember the modern take on a classic Western flick featuring
Maximus Russell Crowe and Batman Christian Bale. That’s why we couldn’t resist inserting the movie name into the title. So, no, the upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV really isn’t a wanted bandit ring leader being escorted onto a train to be sent to prison, but it’s still going to be in Yuma for extreme heat testing starting today.
It will then embark on a 305-mile journey west on the I-8, trekking accross some country highways near the Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness Park and Warner Springs, AZ, through Laguna Niguel, CA, up into Torrance, CA. During the test, engineers will be meticulously paying attention to how the Spark EV‘s battery responds to the extreme conditions. By doing so, they will be able to gauge how much the electric vehicle’s range varies in the hot weather along with various types of operating scenarios—from interstate highways to country roads.
Those who are curious about the car can follow the team’s progress on twitter, via the #SparkEV hashtag.