The Chevy Spark EV is here! Last week at the on going L.A Auto Show, Chevrolet displayed its premium electric vehicle, the Spark EV! It packs smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car designed to make the trip as electrifying as the destination. It will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives.
“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. He adds, “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.”
The Soul of the electric vehicle features an advanced electric motor and battery system which consist of GM-designed, coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 130 hp (110 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque for instant acceleration; and a more than 20-kWh lithium ion battery is expected to provide among the best EV range performance in its segment. Spark EV’s long-life battery is designed to be safe, durable and reliable, and is warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles. It consists of a 560-pound (254 kg) square lithium-ion battery pack with a volume of 133 liters, comprising 336 prismatic cells.
“The Spark EV battery has undergone more than 200,000 hours of testing in our global battery systems labs,” said Pamela Fletcher, Chevrolet executive chief engineer of electrified vehicles. She adds, “It is extremely durable and has undergone the same abuse tolerance testing as the Volt battery.”
Apparently Chevy Spark EV, is the first vehicle to offer the North Americans with optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, which can charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes. A common on-board charging receptacle accommodates all three charging platforms – DC Fast Charge, AC 240V and AC 120V. Whereas if one charges at the 240V outlet, Spark EV recharges in less than seven hours. Owners also can manage and monitor their vehicle remotely via computer at OnStar.com, or with a special Chevrolet Mobile App powered by OnStar Remote Link, and The Spark EV comes with three years of standard OnStar service.
As for the exterior the Chevy Spark EV comes with color options such as, Electric Blue, Black Granite, Summit White, Silver Ice and Titanium. And as for inside it offers a comfortable and spacious cockpit with noise-reduction features and a combination of bright accents in Electric Blue and chrome.
Take a look at the cool pictures and stay tuned for more updates.