Spark of Genius? Chevrolet Spark EV Coming to U.S. in 2013

By Zach Gale | October 12, 2011
Chevrolet has confirmed that the U.S. market will see an all-electric variant of its subcompact Chevy Spark, a hatchback that's even smaller than the 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, which is just hitting Chevy dealers. The completely electric variant of the Chevrolet Spark is expected to arrive in the U.S. and other markets starting in 2013. California will be one of the first markets to receive the Spark EV, which will join other alternative powertrain vehicles like the Mitsubishi i MiEV and Nissan Leaf.
“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.
While Chevrolet has yet to release information on the Spark EV's powertrain details, we anticipate the small car will be capable of nearly 100 miles before needing a recharge. A123 Systems will provide the lithium-ion battery packs while pricing will be announced at a later date. And who knows? Maybe by the time the low-volume Spark EV ends its production run, Nissan will be closer to perfecting the 10-minute electric car charger. As for the higher-volume Spark with an internal combustion engine, we've previously heard that an 80-horsepower 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine will sit under the hood. Chevrolet has released details on its new fleet of Ecotec gas engines, with displacements from 1.0-1.5 liters. Depending on the U.S. market's reaction to the tiny (and, hopefully, cheap) Spark, we might see additional variants of this engine with three or four cylinders and the option of direct-injection and turbocharging in a future Spark. “We are working aggressively on vehicle electrification and other technologies, but the most immediate progress will come from continually improving the internal combustion engine," Federico said. Source: GM
Joel A
Joel A

Thanks for the update. I was wondering when GM would release such a variant, and Spark's the heir apparent especially with such a name :)