Chevrolet presented the 2014 Spark EV before its scheduled debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The relatively inexpensive five-door urban mini car features smart performance and connectivity technologies so that the journey is never boring. It is priced at slightly below $25,000 with tax incentives.
Including the Volt, Chevrolet makes up over 50% of all plug-in electric vehicle sales in the U.S. In addition, the Spark EV builds on Chevrolet’s proven electric motor and battery development programs.
When the Spark EV begins selling next summer, it is likely to boast one of the most impressive EV battery range in its segment. It would also be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability, allowing the Spark EV to have an 80% battery charge in only 20 minutes.
The interior of the Spark EV features two reconfigurable, high-resolution, seven-inch colour LCD screens that clearly display the significant vehicle functions. It comes with a confidence gauge that displays the estimated driving range based on conditions such as driving habits. Powering the Spark EV is an advanced electric motor and battery system.
It comprises a GM-designed, coaxial drive unit and electric motor that jointly deliver 130 hp (110 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque for instant acceleration. It is also equipped with a more than 20-kWh lithium ion battery that’s likely to offer one of the best EV range performance in its segment.
GM’s manufacturing facility in White Marsh, Md., will build the drive unit and motor, using parts that are sourced from the U.S. and other countries. This would mark the first time that a U.S. automaker has assembled both a complete electric motor and drive unit for a modern electric vehicle in the U.S.