2015 Chevrolet Spark EV to Receive Lighter Battery
General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Spark EV for the 2014 model year, and it already looks like major changes are coming to this minicar. The 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV will receive a battery that is lighter and more efficient than its predecessor. The new battery pack has decreased its storage capacity to just 19 kilowatt-hours with 192 lithium ion cells. It weighs in at 474 pounds, or 86 pounds lighter than the previous version. Despite the reduced size, the new Spark EV maintains its current fuel economy of 119 mpge. Drivers will still be able to travel for 82 miles before needing to recharge. Previously, GM purchased the Spark's batteries from A123 Systems, which has made batteries for Fisker, BMW, McLaren, and other companies. But for the first time this year, General Motors will produce the Spark EV batteries at its own battery assembly plant in Brownstown, Mich. The Spark EV battery will now be built on the same production line as batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, and Cadillac ELR. Currently, the Chevy Spark EV is on sale in California and Oregon for less than $20,000 when factoring in federal incentives. The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV will receive unique technology features over the current model. Expect Siri Eyes Free, 4G LTE connectivity, and DC Fast Charging on the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV. Source: General Motors
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