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General Motors cuts price of 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV by $1,650

Getting a Chevrolet Spark EV has never been so affordable. Aside from cutting the sticker price of the battery electric minicar by $1,650, Chevrolet also added cash incentives so that buyers only have to pay $14,995 after federal and state tax breaks. In addition, Chevy has started offering the Spark EV with a $139 monthly lease for 39 months without asking for a downpayment.

Green cars have been difficult to sell lately with the drop in fuel prices. In fact, General Motors is only the latest automaker to reduce the prices of its EV. Last Monday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed that the average price for regular gasoline was $2.41, lower than last year’s $3.65 selling price.

According to Chevy spokeswoman Annalisa Bluhm, the automaker hopes to reach more customers and that the declining fuel prices didn’t influence the price reduction and additional incentives. General Motors has been selling the Spark EV in several Oregon and California markets since the middle of 2013. The EV will be available in Maryland this summer.

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GM Brownstown Township site to assemble battery pack for 2015 Chevy Spark EV

General Motors is shifting output of the battery pack for its Chevrolet Spark EV to its own Brownstown Township battery assembly plant. The Spark EV’s lithium ion battery packs had been sourced from A123 Systems, which filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and later was acquired by Wanxiang Group.

GM disclosed in April that it would invest $65 million into the site to expand lithium ion battery production as the carmaker press for in-house development and manufacturing of EVs. GM builds its own battery packs and some of the motors for its EVs and plug-in hybrids.

In 2013, the carmaker started assembly of the Spark EV’s 85-kW electric motor at its White Marsh powertrain plant in Maryland. Larry Nitz, executive director of GM global transmission and electrification engineering, said in a statement that the carmaker’s in-house engineering and manufacturing expertise has allowed them to deliver a battery system that is more efficient and lighter than in the 2014 Spark EV.

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Chevrolet Spark is facing tougher challenges in EV market

When General Motors launched the Chevrolet Spark EV in California and Oregon, the carmaker went away with the fanfare tied to the launch of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. During the launch of the 2010 launch of the Volt, GM touted an eventual nationwide retail footprint as well as high sales expectation. GM is now changing its electrification strategy by shifting its focus onto making plug-in cars, instead of conventional hybrids.

But GM would be facing some challenges like the still lukewarm driving public reception for EVs as well as the possible price erosion of such units due to the entry of many players, the latest being GM.

Cristi Landy, marketing director for Chevy's small and electrified vehicles, remarked in an interview with Automotive last week that the difficult thing is that that EV segment is a “small, slow-growing market” that a number of players are moving into. She noted that that there would be “some adjustments or course corrections." Those adjustments can already be seen.

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New Chevrolet ad aims to show Spark EV is fun to drive

When carmakers market their electric vehicles, they would typically boast of their consumer-related benefits. These includes how their EV amounts to being environment-friendly and how much fuel costs a driver could get, as well as the gadgets and tools that comes with these emission-free vehicles. Chevrolet, however, wants to beg to differ.

The brand is commencing a new marketing campaign for its new Spark EV that would make people think that electric vehicles as fun to drive. Chevrolet has released a new 30-second online video that declares that the Spark’s 400 pounds-feet of torque are "more than a Ferrari 458 Italia." It then shows the Spark zooming through a glowing white test facility at the speed of light. The video then ends with following words: “A car powered by electricity; that moves like electricity."

Sam Basile, executive chief engineer for GM's global minicars and emerging-market vehicles, remarked that “fun-to-drive element” is an area for them to differentiate themselves.

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The new Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle will have a starting price of $27,495, including destination charges and excluding federal tax credits. After applying a $7,500 federal tax credit, the new Chevy Spark will have sticker price of less than $20,000, making it among the cheapest EVs available on the market. General Motors is also offering a $199 per month, 36-month lease with $999 down, thereby matching the lease offer of rival Fiat 500e.

The carmaker said they will start rolling out the Spark EV in some markets in California and Oregon by mid-June. GM said buyers in California can qualify for additional state and local tax credits and incentives of up to $2,500.  The Spark EV will get the equivalent of 119 mpg in combined city and highway driving and a driving range of 82 miles. According to a GM spokeswoman, the carmaker will consider selling the Spark EV in other markets after the mid-June launch.

Chevrolet is planning to market the Spark EV as a nifty urban car for people on-the-go wanting to stay connected. The new Spark EV will feature Chevy MyLink infotainment system, loaded with several smartphone-based applications, as a standard. The vehicle’s gauge cluster will include a "confidence gauge" that displays minimum, maximum and average expected range – all of which adjust in real time based on current driving conditions.

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle will be the most efficient car sold to retail consumers as it could return the equivalent of 119 mpg in combined city and highway driving, according to General Motors. The carmaker said that the 2014 Spark EV that will be rolled out this summer in California and Oregon will have an EPA-rated range of 82 miles when fully charged.

Other EVs sold or bound for production in the US include Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Fiat 500e, Scion iQ EV, Honda Fit EV and the Focus Electric. While the Scion iQ EV has an EPA-rated fuel efficiency of 121 mpg, it is only used in car-sharing demonstration programs and not sold at retailers.

The US Environmental Protection Agency, created the mpg equivalency rating to help consumers compare the efficiency of gasoline-powered and electric vehicles. In terms of range, the Spark EV is beaten by the Fiat 500e, which could travel up to 87 miles in a full single charge. Chrysler Group is launching the Fiat 500e this month in California.

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Chevrolet will be showcasing its Spark electric vehicle at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show, slated on March 5 to 17. This will be the first time that the Chevrolet will be presenting the Spark min-car to a European audience, as the carmakers plan to sell the electric vehicle to selected European markets in 2014.

The Chevrolet Spark EV, powered by GM’s most advanced electric motor and battery system, is expected to set a benchmark in the performance of urban city electric cars in Europe. Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, described the Spark EV as a “fun-to-drive zero-emission city car with intelligent connectivity.”

She remarked that the Spark EV will “resonate” in some of Europe's most technologically advanced markets. She also noted that the Spark EV is proof of Chevrolet’s ingenuity in delivering smart mobility solutions.

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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.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark is expected to set a new benchmark for urban electric vehicles when it is rolled out to dealerships in California next summer. First off, the 2014 Spark boasts of an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor that provides at least 100 kW (130 hp) of power and about 400 lb.-ft. of torque with the coaxial drive unit.

This permits the 2014 Spark to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds, making the electric vehicle a fast model for its segment.  The 2014 Spark also boasts of having the industry-first SAE combo charger, which allows DC Fast Charging of up to 80 percent of battery capacity in just 20 minutes. This fast charging ability, which will be available shortly after Spark’s market launch, is expected to give the electric vehicle one of the best ranges in the segment.

The electric vehicle is powered by an over 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, which carries Chevrolet’s warranty protection of eight years/100,000 miles and has the capability to handle multiple DC Fast Charges daily. The 2014 Spark could also be charged completely in under seven hours using a dedicated 240V charge, with a 120V charge cord set as standard.

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The plug-in electric version of Chevrolet’s new Spark mini car will be presented later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Spark EV is one of 13 new or extensively redesigned products that Chevrolet would launch in 2013. Furthermore, Chevrolet will introduce the expanded functionality of a sophisticated version of MyLink, which will be offered first in the all-new 2014 Impala full-size sedan.

Numerous U.S. buyers have been attracted to the Spark because of its expressive design, spacious interior and MyLink connectivity. The Spark had high sales in the first three months that it became available, specifically in the Los Angeles market.

The plug-in electric version of the Spark EV builds on the success by giving consumers the same package that caused the gasoline-powered model to become very popular while offering the technology and performance of pure electric power. Presently, MyLink provides consumers with user-friendly in-vehicle connectivity.

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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.

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Before Chevrolet starts the domestic production of electric motors at GM’s White Marsh, Md. plant in late 2012, it will show off its expertise on these motors at a pilot facility in Wixom, a suburb in Detroit. The validation and testing of the equipment and processes at White Marsh will be done in Wixom.

Different electric motors are already being used by conventional vehicles to power seats, windows, and windshield washers but GM is now focusing on developing permanent magnet and induction motors for several applications.

Hybrid and electric vehicles have been using electric motors to move the vehicle forward. Journalists were recently given a tutorial at the Wixom facility. They got the chance to hand build portions of a permanent magnet motor. The Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle, which will debut in 2013, will use this 85 kW (114 hp) permanent magnet motor configuration.

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