After first being promised for the US in 2011 (almost 4 years ago), the Chevy Spark is now coming to the US in late 2012 as a 2013 model. A year later, the Chevy Spark EV comes rolling silently to a dealership near you as a 2014 model.
The 2014 Chevy Spark EV is being targeted at urban dwellers, since they’re the ones with the shortest commutes and the smallest parking spots. The Chevy Spark EV will be Chevrolet’s first all electric vehicle offering in the US.
As with other tiny electric vehicles, such as the electric vehicles planned by Smart and Scion, the Chevy Smart EV rollout will be limited to a small number of locations around the globe. California will be one of those spots. The Chevy Spark EV will also give GM an answer to the Nissan Leaf – Nissan has been using ads that bash the Volt for having a range extending gas engine.
The Chevy Spark EV wasn’t initially designed as an electric vehicle, which means it wasn’t originally designed with a place for the batteries. Although details on the Chevy Spark EV are few and far between, we have been told that the Chevy Spark EV will use a nanophosphate lithium-ion battery from A123 systems. The batteries will be mounted below the rear seat and in the cargo area of the 2014 Chevy Spark EV.
The Chevrolet Spark EV has a plastic filled grill that helps reduce the airflow required for the electric drive train. The Chevrolet Spark EV is a 100% electric vehicle, meaning that the batteries can only be charged through the grid.
Chevrolet is aiming to have the Chevy Spark EV available in 2013, likely as a 2014 Chevy Spark EV.