Originally, the Chevy Spark EV was not expected to go on sale in the US until August or September of this year (2013). After inquiring with Chevy communications rep Annalisa Bluhm, she confirmed that Chevrolet had a meeting with California dealers to “gauge interest”. In response to InsideEVs, General Motors is indeed shipping the Spark EV ahead of schedule. “The cars will be in dealerships by July if all goes to plan.”
Initially, the Chevy Spark EV will only be available in California and Oregon at select dealerships. This would hint that the Spark EV is a compliance vehicle, but Chevy has insisted it isn’t so that means it will be available in other markets later.
InsideEVs did try to get pricing info out of Ms. Bluhm, but was unsuccessful. “Pricing is coming soon, but not at NYC (Autoshow).” All we know is that GM has previously said pricing will be under $32,500.
The Chevy Spark EV will go on sale in Europe at the start of 2014, and it will be available in Canada as a fleet only vehicle for 2014.
The Spark EV will be the first production EV to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability that will allow the Spark to reach 80% capacity in as little as 20 minutes. With an electric motor rated at 130 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque, the little EV can go from 0-60mph in as little as 7 seconds. Range has not been officially released, but with the 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Spark EV should provide the best electric range in its segment.
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