Chevrolet Adds Another EV to its fleet with Chevy Spark

Posted by: Kenny Chan onNovember 28th, 2012

The Chevrolet Spark micro-sub compact line has now been expanded with an all electric model. Chevrolet introduced the Spark EV to journalists today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Spark EV will be powered by a 130hp oil-cooled electric motor that delivers over 400 lb/ft of torque allowing it to accelerate from 0-6 in under 8 seconds and while that is still pretty slow its about 4 seconds quicker than the 84hp gas-sipping model.

The 20 kWh lithium-ion battery is made by the same guys that provide batteries for the Fisker Karma. Owners will be able to rapid charge the battery up to 80% capacity using a DC fast charger. At home it will charge up in about 7-8 hours on a 240v line although the car only comes with 120v charging accessories.

“When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mph in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “The Volt and now the Spark EV show that Chevrolet not only knows EVs better than anyone else, we also know how to help customers get the most out of their EV experience.”

Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system can be found in the Spark bringing navigation and internet radio including Pandora into an easy to use touch screen interface. Also as we previously reported The Spark will be the first vehicle to carry the Siri Eyes Free mode system announced at WWDC this past summer.

The Chevy Spark EV will be available next summer at dealerships in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea and is currently on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show which will be open to the public from November 30th until December 9th.

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