According to General Motors, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV will be equipped with an electric motor that puts out a whopping (for the car's size class, that is) 114 peak horsepower (85 kilowatts). That motor will be built at a plant in Maryland, making this motor the first of its kind assembled domestically.
Looks like there was a good reason General Motors dropped the "More car than electric" tagline for the Chevy Volt. That anti-EV phrase was always short-sighted, and the reason why could be on display later this morning in Detroit. Reports out now say that GM will announce a new U.S.-bound electric car today as part of Chevrolet's upcoming centennial celebration. The car is likely to be the long-awaited Spark EV.