2013 Chevrolet Spark EV will have a less volatile battery chemistry than Volt

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 12, 2011

The Chevy Spark electric car that goes on sale in 2013 will have a less volatile battery chemistry as the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid continues to be investigated by federal safety regulators. General Motors Co. will use phosphate-based lithium ion batteries made by A123 Systems Inc.

These batteries are not as likely to burn compared to other lithium chemistry, which is what the Volt model that went on sale last year had used. The change in batteries indicates just show swiftly technology is evolving for electric and hybrid cars.

James Hall, principal of consulting firm 2953 Analytics Inc. in suburban Detroit, revealed that GM and other automakers are designing upcoming models with lithium phosphate technology since these batteries are safer and last longer. Hall added that when it comes to heat management, the lithium phosphate chemistry appears to be friendlier. It’s a recent move by battery manufacturers to mass-produce them.

The downside is that they don’t store as much energy but then again, there’s still a lot to be explored. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the Volt (which uses a different technology) over reports of three batteries catching fire since May after they were crash-tested.

GM spokesman Randy Fox said that the probe isn’t limited to battery cell chemistry and is focused on pack design. He also said that any repairs that will be implemented would probably involve the pack. He claims to not know the reason for GM’s move to change the Spark’s chemistry.

Chevy comes out with a new pure electric compact car that’s easy to own and fun to drive. Also, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV runs without a gasoline. Still, its amazing drive unit and motor can produce a 542 Nm torque response with a top speed of 90mph. plus, it can take you from 0-60mph in just 8 seconds or less. Isn’t that enough to spark your interest to own a new Chevy? Read on and see how it works to your advantage.

First of all, the new Spark EV stores its powerful energy and regenerative braking from its built-in 21-kWh lithium ion battery. Considering that the battery is fully charged, you can take it out on a trip up to 82 miles around the hi-way or the city. On the other hand, the fuel economy equivalent for the same goes at 199 MPGe (all based on the EPA). That means that the new Chevrolet Spark is the most efficient e-car in the US at the moment.

Perhaps, this is the perfect choice for those who love to travel around the city all day. The 2014 Spark EV employs the same dependable battery development programme as seen on other hybrid Chevrolet SUVs, trucks and even on the famous Chevrolet Volt.

The all-new Spark EV comes with three different levels of charging. Should you want to charge in as short as twenty minutes, there is the SAE combo charger for quick re-charge. Besides that, it can fill up the battery by eighty percent given that short timeframe.

For the extended range to become fully functional, Chevrolet made some enhancements on the grille’s active shutter system as well as some aerodynamic adjustments. They also added several unique sets of tyres and wheels to complement its incredible performance.

The new Spark has practically got everything in. You will never go out of style with this brand new Chevy’s interior technology. It features the standard MyLink Infotainment system plus a new 7-inch coloured touch-screen to connect with your device. This will let you run the apps simultaneously on your iPhone such as BringGo, TuneIn, Stitcher and Pandora Internet Radio. And last but not the least, the 2014 Spark EV now lets you talk to Apple’s personal assistant (Siri) as you drive along the long, busy highways. Isn’t that cool?

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