Looks like there was a good reason that Chevrolet dropped the "More car than electric" tagline for its Chevy Volt. That anti-EV phrase was always short-sighted, and the reason why was announced this morning in Detroit. General Motors has revealed that in addition to selling its global Chevy Spark mini car in the U.S. next year, an all-electric version called the Spark EV will be joining it in 2013.

That GM is working on an all-electric Spark is no surprise; a version of the vehicle (also known as the Beat) was shown in India earlier this year and GM CEO Dan Akerson said at the Detroit Auto Show this past January that his company was working on an all-electric vehicle to be sold in the U.S. A Spark EV also fit the rumors that GM's new electric car would be small and designed for urban areas, particularly in California, where it would be used to meet the upcoming ZEV mandate changes.

Official details released by GM this morning back this up. According to the automaker, the Spark EV will use nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs from A123 Systems and be sold in "limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California." More specific details about power, range and overall performance will be released at a later date.
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Chevrolet to Produce Spark EV All-Electric Vehicle
Mini-car joins growing portfolio of electrified vehicles


2011-10-12

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark mini-car – the Spark EV. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California.

"The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option," said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet. "It complements Chevrolet's growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology."

Feedback from participants in Chevrolet's electric vehicle demonstration fleets in Shanghai (Sail EV), Korea (Cruze EV) and India (Beat EV) are being incorporated into the Spark EV.

"Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments," said Federico. "The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet's plan to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and transportation needs of people around the world."

A123 Systems will supply the advanced nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will power the Spark EV. Details on specific markets, range, quantities and pricing will be announced later.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks the way the Sonic should have looked, except this car should be the one to get the performance upgrades. Chevy needs to make this car their small car and the Sonic their electric vehicle.
      Raymond
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy Chevy is on a roll over the next 2 years from now they should be hitting on all cylinders.
        johnb
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        Yeah they're averaging 400 Volt Sales a month. Who knows how many of these they'll sell? 200?
        P.Z. Dawkins
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        Or no cylinders, depending on the car.
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Raymond
        agree, and their designs keep getting better looking, and I usually HATE GM/Chevy "design" - Take the Sonic for example, I actually had to think about if I should buy it over the Fiat 500 - funny! Even the interior of the Sonic is neat in design - but then I remembered the materials and fit and finish would be rental car grade....
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome, this car cold be a hit if it doesn't suffer from sales shenanigans like the Volt did. GM is on a bis roll as of lately. Keep t going.
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am sick of reading about Electric cars coming soon and then the caveat about limited quantities in select markets. To me, that translates into: we don't want to build this vehicle, so we limit it's availability and overprice it horribly to show no market exists. Then, there's no way I'd lease an electric vehicle from GM at any price. If I did happen to like it, I'd be outraged when they took it back because it wasn't produced in large enough quantities for them to bother making replacement parts, so they have to take it and crush it. Mitsubishi, Nissan and soon Ford will be selling their EV's nationwide. That looks more like a commitment to me.
      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      What they dont mention here is that in order to cut cost and make these Ev's afordable they will have to be built in china.
      Michael Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      CARB play, pure and simple. I'll believe otherwise when I see a purchase price or a lease with a residual value.
      krische
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm curious to see how this will compete against the Nissan Leaf.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @krische
        It is much smaller, more of a competitor for the Mitsubishi i MiEV.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here we go with California's ZEV mandate and car companies making cars specifically to satisfy it. Is GM going to take these back to the crusher too?
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        Ziv
        • 3 Years Ago
        73 miles of range isn't enough for a primary car, i.e. the Leaf and maybe the FFE fall short there. But for a second car it is enough, if the cars cost less than $30k net, which they don't. The electrical infrastructure needing enhancement is simply not true. 90% or more of charging will be at night when there is a huge over supply of electricity. Why would you charge in the daytime when you can get the energy cheaper at night? The other thing to remember is that EVEN IF the majority of your electricity comes from coal, which happens only in a few places, using an electric car is STILL emitting less carbon and pollutants than driving an ICE vehicle. But the price of the current crop of BEV's is still too high. Conveniently, the prices seem to be coming down on packs and on electric intent parts so the price of BEV's and EREV's look to fall substantially in the next few years.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got to drive a Volt for about a half hour today, and the salesman with me mentioned an electric Spark coming over. I heard it from him, then saw it here, and boy am I glad! The Volt is such a solid car to drive and they can do a lot with that platform.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      ClubCar has already been making electric golf carts for decades.
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