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.
By launching the 2014 Impala, MyLink provides new personalization levels as well as smoother smartphone integration.“Chevrolet continues to build on the momentum of eight consecutive quarters of record global sales with the introduction of more new products, features and technologies that are designed to offer consumers exceptional functionality, comfort and convenience,” said, Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing. “The Spark EV and next-generation of MyLink demonstrate Chevrolet’s commitment to delivering the advanced technologies that today’s consumers will be eager to adopt and truly value,” Perry said.
Chevrolet designed the Spark electric vehicle to provide an enjoyable driving experience with the ease of ownership. This all-electric urban mini-car is powered by a GM-built motor and drive unit that provides 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of instant torque, allowing the Spark to sprint from zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds and achieve a top speed of 90 mph.
Providing juice for the Spark is a 21-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which also serves as the storage for energy saved from the regenerative braking technology. This battery pack is good enough to allow the new Spark EV to travel as far as 82 miles (EPA-estimated combined city/highway). With an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy rating of 119 MPGe, the new Spark could be the most efficient retail EV in the US.
Interestingly, the new Spark EV is provided with three available levels of recharging capability, which includes the recently approved SAE combo charger for DC fast charging. This recharging level allows users to recharge 80 percent of the energy capacity of their batteries in only 20 minutes. Also helping the new Spark EV achieve its 82-mile range is the fact that its comes with an array of aerodynamic refinements, active shutter system on the grille opening, and distinct wheels and tires.
New Spark EV is derived on the electric motor and battery development programs initiated for the Chevrolet Volt as well as for its other hybrid programs. This allows the new Spark EV to meet the transportation requirements of those living in the cities.
As standard, the new Spark EV features a Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment system with a seven-inch color touchscreen. This touchscreen is able to display key vehicle functions and could link with smartphones for infotainment operations. It also features apps for Pandora and Stitcher, as well as for TuneIn global internet radio and BringGo full-function navigation. Siri Personal Assistant could also be integrated into the system.