GM announced it has started production of its electric motors for the Chevrolet Spark EV, which will hit the market in June.
Drive units and electric motors for electric vehicles were mostly imported until now, but GM got government funding which helped the company build the motors at its Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh.
“The era of using electricity to help improve performance and fuel economy is already here and the trend is only going to grow,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability. “Today is further proof GM is leading in the development of electric vehicles that will improve America’s energy security.”
The Spark EV will offer 130 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, and will be able to reach 60 mph in less than 8 seconds. The model will be launched in June in Oregon and California, followed by Canada, South Korea and Europe. The electric motors assembled in Baltimore are shipped to South Korea where the model is assembled, and so are the battery packs which are produced by A123 in Livonia.
In the following weeks GM will announce the pricing for the Chevrolet Spark EV, as well as the miles per gallon equivalent rating and range. According to the company’s officials the model might be priced below $25,000.