The American based automotive giant General Motors has recently announced that its upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV will get 114 horsepower, which is actually almost twice as much as the Beat EV concept presented earlier this year in India and on which the Spark is based.
According to the car manufacturer, the Spark EV will be powered by an electric motor which will be made at the company’s plant in Maryland. There’s no word yet on performance figures, range or features of the future Spark EV, but the vehicle is expected to get 114 horsepower.
“We’ve spent the past few years highlighting our in-house battery capability, which will play a significant role as one of our core competencies going forward. Electric motor development and manufacturing is another area of expertise we’ll need as we expand vehicle electrification technologies to address the needs of our customers around the world”, as the GM executive director of Vehicle Electrification Engineering, Larry Nitz, said.
General Motors didn’t announce yet when the eco-friendly version of the Spark will hit the market but the vehicle might actually come in late 2012, as a 2013 model year, while its petrol powered brother will be launched in the United States early next year.
As a reminder, the Chevrolet Beat EV Concept on which the Spark EV is based featured a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery which was powering the 60 horsepower electric motor, offering it a 130 km (81 miles) range.