• Apr 12th 2010 at 7:54PM
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General Motors is moving forward with the all-electric Chevrolet Spark project and plans to sell the car in select Indian cities by the end of the year. GM India President Karl Slym said his company – which has expressed a desire to sell "thousands, not hundreds" of these little vehicles – is currently reviewing the various state and city electric vehicle (EV) tax incentives to determine exactly where and when the EV will go on sale. Once on the market, GM India will look through the customer response data and determine which future GM models, if any, will get the EV treatment.

For now, Slym said GM is interested in bringing "something that would break the mold which is as affordable as possible and has a utility value as well" to the market. Pricing for the e-Spark has not yet been announced, but we do know the car will likely be India's first four-door EV and will be powered by an all-electric drivetrain from Reva. Price it right, and there will be plenty of people getting utility out of this thing.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      So GM will make an affordable BEV for india but not for US?! Fail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They have a desire to build thousands, not hundreds? how generous of GM :P

      Yeah i agree with you paul.. they can make profitable EVs out in India and not here? d-bags!

      However India doesn't have the same kind of standards we have, especially crash standards. They could sell a tall go-kart and do just fine out there. Hehe.

      Sounds like a good opportunity to put that Volt battery pack to work. 40 miles ain't bad for a cheap city car. I don't think they go 70+mph out there.. i could be wrong..
        • 5 Years Ago
        "However India doesn't have the same kind of standards we have, especially crash standards. They could sell a tall go-kart and do just fine out there. Hehe."

        That's probably the ticket. To make the car legal here, it'd be heavier (lower performance, less range) and more expensive. The same reasons the Tata Nano is an unlikely candidate here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very good point, NRB. They have to go through the rube goldberg machine that is our system to even get the car here.. then they gotta contend with the American buyer's higher standards. Then they have to have a quality product. Good luck, India :p

        They'd be in the same position as early Kia/Hyundai but worse.

        I'm betting this car has no power steering, air conditioning, hand crank windows, ABS, airbags, crumple zones, etc etc; stuff that wouldn't fly here. So basically it's one of the crappy NEV-style cars that nobody buys out here i bet.. :P

        But the bitterness against GM remains irregardless of rhyme or reason. The EV1 debacle won't be forgotten for some time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        --Ditto for Tata and Mahindra. Look how much trouble they're having getting vehicles here.

        GM already has the manufacturing capacity. Are you seriously arguing GM would have trouble making an EV that passes US safety standards?

        --That makes little sense.

        It makes alot of sense when you acknowledge the fact that GM doesn't want to produce EVs in large numbers for the US market, because they're placing their bets on flexfuels and a cheap US EV would definitely undercut that. J
        • 5 Years Ago
        polo: "But GM is not an up-and-coming automaker. They have the money to build these here,"

        Ditto for Tata and Mahindra. Look how much trouble they're having getting vehicles here.

        "they just don't want to produce them in the kind of numbers that would make them profitable. "

        That makes little sense.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But GM is not an up-and-coming automaker. They have the money to build these here, they just don't want to produce them in the kind of numbers that would make them profitable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah Polo, GM doesn't want to make a profit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this car coming to the states? Hopefully the cash helps Reva with their plans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah 2/3 of the population is overweight and besides, that little car won't fit all of our groceries from Sams Club/Costco.
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