Chevrolet announced production plans for an all-electric mini-car, the Chevy Spark EV, which will be available in 2013. Chevy’s introduction of the Spark EV adds to the growing demand and market growth of electric vehicles.
The Spark will be sold in limited quantities worldwide and in the United States with sales plans targeted for California.
“The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.”
Chevrolet has incorporated feedback from electric vehicle demonstration fleets in cities throughout the world. This included fleet testing the Sail EV in Shanghai, the Cruze EV in Korea and the Beat EV in India.
“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments,” said Federico. “The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet’s plan to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and transportation needs of people around the world.”
A123 Systems will supply the advanced nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will power the Spark EV. Chevrolet will be providing forthcoming announcements about the Spark EV including pricing, specific markets, range, quantities and pricing at a later date.