• Dec 6, 2011



U.S. drivers may have to wait another year before they can take home a five-door Chevy Spark, but Chevy's new world car has already started to appear elsewhere around the globe. In India, the Chevy Beat has been available for almost a year, with both gas and diesel versions on offer.

For most of that year, GM has been showing off all-electric versions of the car around India. In November, GM brought the latest version of the Beat EV to Bangalore. The Beat EV comes packed with a 300-cell, 20-kWh lithium battery pack (larger than the Chevy Volt's 17-kWh pack) giving the little hatch a range of 130 kilometers (81 miles).

Chevy has already announced an electric version of the Chevy Spark for the U.S., with availability set for 2013. Some of the information gathered from trials of the Beat EV will be used to refine the production version of the Spark EV, but GM hasn't yet provided details on the battery size, range, or pricing of the production vehicle. The electric version of the Spark / Beat will also be available in some global markets, but GM hasn't confirmed if India will be one of these markets.

The diesel variant of the Beat carries a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine based on Fiat multijet technology. It's rated at around 56 mpg.



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      Ziv
      • 1 Day Ago
      I wish the Spark was coming sooner, not only the more the merrier, but the competition will spur more rapid development by all the car makers. I have a feeling the EPA range will slowly increase from 73 miles to around 85 to 90, then suddenly (around 2013 to 2015) there will be a LR version of many of the BEV's with Longer Range of 140-160 miles. Tesla will be the impetus as their S model starts to change public perceptions of BEV's being more than just a city car. 150 miles of AER won't make a great road trip car, since you will need to stop every two hours, but you can do it, and the fact that such a car can be your only car will make it more valuable than a city car to a huge section of car buyers.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ziv
        The Renault Zoe coming in September is supposed to have a 30kwh battery pack, which should be good for a real 100 mile range.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          So come on, what lunatic downrated a comment that the Zoe will have 30 kwh batteries? What is that, a protest against it not coming to the US, or just against reality? :-)
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          Not coming to America though. ;-(
          DaveMart
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          Morons are out in force - no guts to post?
          DaveMart
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          Where one leads others are sure to follow....
      EV Now
      • 1 Day Ago
      Note that Beat & Spark are different cars. GM sells both in India.
        skierpage
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EV Now
        The Spark in India is the older smaller generation of the Daewoo Matiz/Beat/Spark. Car & Driver reviewed a 143.3 inch long "USA Spark", and the Beat in India is 3640 mm long; same length, width, wheelbase.... They sure look the same in pictures. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2010-2012-chevrolet-spark-first-drive-review http://www.chevrolet.co.in/vehicles/showroom/cars/beat/specifications/technical-specifications.html
      solas
      • 1 Day Ago
      Not simple. cost is only one factor, but: it is the top. It is a delicate balancing act of a) weight (weighed against max(range)) b) space (weighted against car size and passengers, which .... affects aero and weight, as well as cost) c) other less involved variables.
      EZEE
      • 1 Day Ago
      Hey Electric People Why is it that this 60 - 90 range seems to be...well, the range? The Leaf, Mitsubishi MiEV, Focus EV, this thing, all seem to fall into this range? I would think someone would stuff a few extra batteries just to make a car go further... Well, except that odd Suzuki that went 6 miles...
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        The average person's daily commute fits into that 60-90 mile range. That is something like 90% of the average person's automobile usage.
          Dave
          • 1 Day Ago
          I disagree. Its not the devil. Its the angel. That 10% is what makes life worth living. Vacations, pleasure rides, visiting friends and relatives.
          EZEE
          • 1 Day Ago
          @dave. Not sure why someone down voted you, but great way to say all of that...
          EZEE
          • 1 Day Ago
          But the devil is in that 10% for me
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        two sides: more batteries cost more and weighs more which in turn costs more the other side is that they don't make the cars light and aerodynamic which would let them go much further on the same battery amount. or make it cheaper by reducing battery amount to stay around 100km range. ultimately it's better to have blitz charge than to always carry around a lot of batteries for the rare occasions where you might think you need it but don't because of blitz charge. a well optimized 4 seater could be made to go 1500km on a charge though. but it would not be cost ideal
        JP
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EZEE
        Simple, cost. Tesla's go farther, and they cost a lot more. A small car with a small pack that can do about 80 miles is just enough range to make some sales and still keep the cost within reason. This ratio should improve with time.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      I'm guessing classic bait and switch. call it electric, produce combustion engine versions. that's how VW and Audi do it. if a wife gets a beat, is it then a wife beat? : )
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        if you lower it, it is then a beat down? thank you, I'm here all week : )
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