Chevrolet has unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV one day ahead of its public debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The electric Spark will be priced from under $25,000 with tax incentives and will go on sale in California and Oregon. The small EV is powered by a GM-designed coaxial drive unit and electric motor that produces 130 horsepower and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. Energy comes from a 20 kWh lithium ion battery that „is expected to provide among the best EV range performance in its segment”, according to GM’s press release. However, the carmaker didn’t say what is the exact range of the Spark EV.
The car’s long-life battery is warranted for eight years of 100,000 miles and can be recharged up to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes when choosing the optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability. When using a dedicated 240V outlet, Spark EV recharges in less than seven hours.
In addition to California and Oregon, the Chevrolet Spark EV will also go on sale in Canada, South Korea and other global markets. Spark EV will be eligible for coveted high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California.