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It s Electric: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

November 27, 2012 by Matt Keegan

One of the smallest cars on the road is going electric. Well, at least an electric vehicle version of the Chevrolet Spark minicar will be offered besides a gas-powered model. In advance of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, GM has unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, a four-passenger model that goes on sale in 2013 in limited markets.

Electric Drive

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt which runs on electric and gas power, the Chevy Spark EV will be driven exclusively by its electric motor. That motor combined with it coaxial drive unit will produce 130 horsepower and a whopping 400 foot-pounds of torque. GM makes use of a lithium-ion battery pack to store electricity and this model should deliver best in class range.

Although the gas and EV versions of the Spark look nearly the same, GM s designers and engineers worked diligently to find ways to reduce wind drag from the standard 0.360 coefficient of drag for the gas model to 0.325 with the EV.

Exterior Interior

Exterior updates include an upper grille that remains closed to thwart airflow. An active shutter system is in place as well, one that automatically shuts down energy robbing airflow through the air intake system when it is needed the least. Tire deflectors, underbody panels, low-rolling resistance tires, rear underbody diffusers, an integrated rear spoiler and aero-optimized lower rocker panels are also present.

Inside, the Spark EV offers not one, but two configurable high-resolution, 7-inch LCD screens that display key vehicle functions including projected driving range based on the driver s habits, road conditions and weather. MyLink Radio. a Chevrolet product, is included and brings in such infotainment options as Pandora and Stitcher radio, apps and navigation capabilities.

Fast Charge Capabilities

Charging times for the Spark EV come in at under seven hours when using a dedicated 240-volt outlet. Spark EV is also the first electric vehicle in North America to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capacity. a feature that can charge the battery to 80 percent capacity within 20 minutes. This EV s charging receptacle allows for all three charging platforms: AC 120-volt, AC 240-volt and DC Fast Charge.

Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars

With tax incentives included, the Chevrolet Spark EV should cost consumers about $25,000. Initially, this electric vehicle will be available in California and Oregon, as well as in Canada and in South Korea. Other global markets will also get this EV and distribution beyond the west coast of the U.S. will take place later on.

L.A. Auto Show

The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown.

Celebrity appearances and manufacturer test drives are among the features of this premier west coast motoring event.

Photo courtesy of General Motors Company.

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer. His specialities include automotive, business, college and career, and inspirational articles. Matt founded Auto Trends in April 2008 and expanded it to reflect its current format and editorial policy as of Sept. 2010.

Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.

Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
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