2010 Chevrolet Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery

Here's an equation: Take General Motors' confirmation that the Chevrolet Spark minicar will be U.S.-bound sometime in 2012, add in the unveiling of the electric Chevy Beat in India and a dash of info contained within The General's recently announced deal with A123 Systems. What do you get as a logical conclusion, at least according the Green Car Reports? GM's first electric-only offering here in the States will likely be the Spark. Furthermore, The Detroit Bureau reports GM will launch its first electric-only production vehicle in 2014.

If you recall, General Motors showed off a battery-powered Chevrolet Beat (aka the Chevy Spark in some markets) in India in late June. This electric Beat is not a production vehicle, but is part of GM's ongoing demonstration project focused on studying the feasibility of electric vehicles in major metropolitan areas (see also: the Opel Meriva).

The electric B-segment demo vehicle boasts a range of 130 kilometers (81 miles) and takes approximately eight hours to recharge from empty using a 240-volt outlet. The Beat makes use of a 20-kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that directs juice to a 45-kilowatt (60 horsepower) electric motor.

Of course, at this time, the U.S. debut of an electric Spark is nothing more than speculation. Speaking of The General's electric future, Micky Bly, GM's executive director of global electric systems, infotainment and electrification, stated:
We're taking information from our electric-car test fleets to help us formulate product strategy. We'll make public statements in that regard by the end of the year.
Guess we'll have to wait a bit, then.


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      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      So is the kludgey conversion that doesn't do a good job with battery placement?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the oil companies sue them into the ground for selling a pure EV? ;]
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Just replace the Board of Directors...
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        the oil companies own the car makers. much easier to control them that way
      • 3 Years Ago
      'Conflicting messages anxiety?'
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM should be building a EV, what with state and federal tax incentives paying for at least 9k dollars of the vehicle in most states, they are missing out on some easy money. Could it be that Nissan is actualy selling enough EV's that GM thinks their might be a way to make money off selling EV's. If they are going to sub contract most of it out in limited numbers it will just be for advertisement like Ford. Nissan is the king of EV's, similiar to Toyota and the hybrid, Nissan will own the EV market.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      8 hours on a 240... that's crazy. 80 miles is a reasonable amount, I only travel 40-50 miles each day
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like they are shooting for the lower end of the EV market. Might be successful if they can under cut nissan & ford on price.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Paul, I agree. In this market segment, price is crucial. The problem for small commuter EV's has always been purchase price. In contrast, small ICE subcompact vehicles are also very economical to operate, and up until recently, half the purchase price. These factors make it difficult for small EV's to compete profitably outside a small enthusiast market.