• The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show, packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. Expected to have among the best range in segment, the Spark EV also has 400 lb-ft of torque and can charge up to 80% in 20 minutes with optional SAE Combo fast charger. Aerodynamic treatments throughout the exterior enhance Spark EV's range.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV pure electric vehicle builds on Chevrolet�s proven electric motor and battery development programs. When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California. The Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV pure electric vehicle builds on Chevrolet�s proven electric motor and battery development programs. When it goes on sale next summer, the Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California. The Spark EV is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
  • The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV,�unveiled at the 2012 Los Angles Auto Show,�gives EV drivers the high tech infotainment they want- and need- to get the most out of their EV experience. With two reconfigurable, HD, seven inch color LCD screens, the Spark EV features a customizable �interface with confidence gauge. Spark EV also has Chevrolet�s exclusive MyLink radio�which brings smartphone-based infotainment � including apps for BringGo�full-function navigation, �Siri voice recognition, TuneIn�global internet radio, Pandora�and Stitcher�� into the vehicle. Note: All Spark EV range values represented in these photographs are for reference only and do not represent the range of the vehicle.
General Motors isn't talking about how far the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV can go before it needs a charge, but par for the course for today's electric vehicles i2 around 70-100 miles. GM CEO Dan Akerson today confirmed that the company is working on a 200-mile EV (perhaps a Spark, perhaps not) during a speech at the IHS Ceraweek conference in Houston. According to Bloomberg, he said, GM is "running a dual play" with EV technology to develop both a 100-mile and a 200-mile EV.

Akerson also pushed for a coordinated public-private effort to invoke an energy policy that will broaden natural-gas use, reduce foreign oil dependency and greenhouse-gas emissions, and provide cleaner water and more affordable energy to US citizens. Akerson also promoted quality improvements in the company's smaller cars as well as the cost benefits of natural gas and fuel-economy improvements in GM's larger engines.

"I believe the President should immediately appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to develop a 30-year energy policy framework."

"I believe the President should immediately appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to develop a 30-year energy policy framework," Akerson said in prepared remarks. What that actually means is anyone's guess, but at least Akerson insisted that the policy be required to hit certain "checkpoints" every five years.

Akerson, whose company's small-car sales have surge on a broader product line and higher gas prices, allowed that GM's early efforts in that arena were less than successful.

"It's no secret that our small cars back then weren't built to the standards of our other vehicles," he said. "Mercifully, those vehicles have since been recycled into Energy Star refrigerators and other useful goods."

"Mercifully, those vehicles have since been recycled into Energy Star refrigerators and other useful goods."

Akerson also spoke positively about broader adoption of natural gas use among fleet operators, estimating that "a typical Class 8 operator" may save as much as $3,500 in monthly refueling costs by switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG). He also said that GM's vaunted V8 engines will remain relevant because of fuel-efficiency gains, noting that "the death of the V8 engine has been greatly exaggerated."

Additionally, Akerson reiterated his claim from November that GM will have a half-million electrified vehicles, which is about equal to all registered vehicles in Vermont, on US roads by 2017.


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