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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV revealed [video]

Arriving next summer

Following an initial teaser launched earlier this week, Chevrolet has revealed the 2014 Spark EV ahead of its L.A. debut.

Power is provided by an electric motor with 130 hp (100 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque that guarantees a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in less than 8 seconds. Available shortly after the car's launch will be a SAE combo charger with fast charging support that will fill the batteries to an 80 percent level in about 20 minutes.

Featuring a 20 kW lithium-ion battery pack, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV needs less than seven hours for a full charge from a 240V outlet, with support for remote managing and monitoring via an OnStar smartphone app.

It is scheduled to arrive in Californian dealerships next summer.

Further details in the attached press release.

Source: Chevrolet

SAN FRANCISCO – The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will set a benchmark for urban electric vehicles when it arrives in California dealer showrooms next summer by offering industry-leading EV power, outstanding driving range, and exceptional fast-charge capability.

Spark EV’s driving force is an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor that produces at least 100 kW (130 hp) and instantaneous torque of about 400 lb.-ft. with the coaxial drive unit, resulting in 0-60 mph acceleration in less than eight seconds.

Not only is Spark EV quick for its segment, its industry-first SAE combo charger will allow DC Fast Charging of up to 80 percent of battery capacity in approximately 20 minutes. That capability, available shortly after market launch, also will provide EV range among the best in the segment.

“When our team set out to develop the propulsion system for Spark EV, we knew we had to provide surprising fun-to-drive acceleration with maximum efficiency,” said Spark EV Chief Engineer Chuck Russell.

“What we think customers will enjoy most is how fun Spark EV is to drive; it’s seamless and power is available at every stage of the drive,” Russell said. “This will help us to provide an exciting option for those customers who are looking for an EV that’s as much fun to drive as it is environmentally responsible.”

Spark EV’s more than 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will carry on Chevrolet’s tradition of industry-leading warranty protection of eight years /100,000 miles, and is capable of handling multiple DC Fast Charges daily. Charging can also be completed in less than seven hours using a dedicated 240V charge. A 120V charge cord set is standard. Charging can be managed and monitored remotely using the Spark EV’s smart phone application, provided by OnStar.

“Spark EV’s battery has undergone more than 200,000 hours of testing in our global battery systems labs,” said Larry Nitz, executive director of GM’s global electrification engineering team. “This testing paved the way to allow our customers to do multiple DC Fast Charges daily to help alleviate range anxiety and improve convenience.”

The Spark EV team was able to leverage expertise gained on the groundbreaking Chevrolet Volt program and uses many of the same components and systems. More than 75 percent of the propulsion system components are from the Volt and GM’s hybrid truck programs.

Spark EV’s motor and drive unit will be manufactured beginning in early 2013 at GM’s transmission plant in White Marsh, Md., near Baltimore. It is the first time a U.S. auto manufacturer has built both a complete electric motor and drive unit for a modern electric vehicle in the United States.

“Spark EV is the latest demonstration of our growing expertise in electric motor and battery technologies – expertise we will need as we grow our portfolio of electric vehicles to address the needs of our global customers,” Nitz said.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Comments (4)

 jimcbride jimcbride
WOW! Is that 400 ft. lbs. of torque correct? If so, it should be quicker that 8 sec to 60. Range should be approx. 65 miles, so plenty for the average commuter. Now, bring this to market at $24,999 and it will sell like hotcakes. At $40,000, not so much.
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November 16, 2012 3:07 pm
 memexe memexe
And the range is....? What attached press release? Attached where?
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November 16, 2012 12:41 pm