Dec 1, 2012
Chevrolet is introducing an electric version of its Spark small car. The Spark EV is being called a “high tech electric city car,” and its initial rollout is being aimed at urban markets and areas with a growing infrastructure to support electric vehicles.
Driving range numbers, which are usually a concern for potential electric vehicle drivers, have not been included in the GM press release, although the company claims it will have some of the best EV range. The Spark EV will optionally offer a new fast-charge system which allows the battery to be charged to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes. The SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability is a new industry standard, and the Spark EV will be the first electric vehicle to offer it in North America. The Spark EV will also have a “confidence gauge” that shows the expected driving range based on driving habits and other conditions.
Spark EV is powered by an advanced electric motor and battery system. It consists of a GM-designed, coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 130 hp (more than 100 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque for instant acceleration; and a more than 20-kWh lithium ion battery is expected to provide among the best EV range performance in its segment.
The Spark EV is a 2014 model, and will initially be available in California and Oregon, as well as in Canada and South Korea and “other global markets.” Pricing for the Spark EV, according to GM, will be less than $25,000 with tax incentives.
via: GM Media