Chevrolet confirms the Spark electric vehicle (EV) for United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2011

Chevrolet announced today that an all-electric version of the Spark is in the works! What is more interesting is that the he so-called Spark EV will be sold in the United States as well as the global markets in 2013, including California. As expected, A123 Systems will supply the advanced nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will be used for the Spark EV (A123 Systems also manufactures the lithium-ion battery packs for the Chevrolet Volt).

Moreover, GM will use all the feedback received from participants in Chevrolet’s electric vehicle demonstration fleets in Shanghai (Sail EV), Korea (Cruze EV) and India (Beat EV) for the upcoming Spark EV.

Chevrolet is betting on their new mini car, the Spark, to compete with other minis in the most rapidly growing new car segment in the world. The Spark’s design is intended to entice car buyers from every corner of the planet – from the USA to Australia, Africa to India.

Actually, the European market is where the Chevrolet Spark is expected to do best. Since the first few months of 2010, the Spark has been available throughout all major European markets, even in the UK. It offers much more than what might typically be expected from a mini, as many city drivers and consumers who have no need for a bigger car agree.

Since its conceptualisation, the Chevrolet Spark was developed while adhering to the strictest standards. The sturdy body shell’s external gaps are all smaller than 3mm, while the interior design and furnishing matches or even exceeds that seen in cars from higher market segments.

Apart from its notable quality, the Chevrolet Spark also exudes a lively and chic appeal. It also offers spaciousness that belies its tiny footprint. Not many mini cars boast of five doors, five seats and the luggage capacity of the Spark, making it a much more practical option.

According to Jack Keaton, vehicle line executive for the new model, the Spark has been designed and developed to be competitive in every international mini car market where its benefits can be appreciated. Although it is a car that primarily offers great efficiency and manoeuvrability, it does not compromise on sophistication. Keaton says they believe the Spark’s strikingly fashionable design will find wide appeal, while its dynamic performance and handling will delight plenty of drivers.

Keaton also adds that even though the Chevrolet Spark has been made to be affordable, they weren’t really concerned with where it stood in terms of price within its market segment.

Press Release

CHEVROLET TO PRODUCE SPARK EV ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Chevrolet today announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark mini-car – the Spark EV. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California.

“The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.”

Feedback from participants in Chevrolet’s electric vehicle demonstration fleets in Shanghai (Sail EV), Korea (Cruze EV) and India (Beat EV) are being incorporated into the Spark EV.

“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments,” said Federico. “The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet’s plan to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and transportation needs of people around the world.”

A123 Systems will supply the advanced nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will power the Spark EV. Details on specific markets, range, quantities and pricing will be announced later.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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