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.