Chevrolet Spark EV

14 Nov, 2012 1:37pm Tom Phillips

The electric Chevrolet Spark is set to make its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this month

The electric-powered Chevrolet Spark EV will makes its world debut at the LA Motor Show at the end of November.

Details are scarce, but we do know that the all-electric, plug-in version of the Spark will feature an electric motor that develops 85kW (114bhp). This is 34bhp more than the current 1.2-litre petrol-powered Spark sold in the UK.

A nanophosphate lithium-ion battery, mounted below the rear seats and boot, powers the motor. The battery is made by A123 Systems, a company that also provides batteries for the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and 5 Series, and the starter battery for the McLaren MP4-12C.

The Spark EV’s electric motor will be built at the new GM White Marsh plant in Maryland, which has been expanded as the firm looks to increase its range of electric cars.

Talking about the newcomer, Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet, said: “The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option.”

The Spark EV has been developed using data gained from running electric vehicle demonstration fleets in China, Korea and India.

“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments,” said Federico. “The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet’s plan to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and transportation needs of people around the world.”

The Chevrolet Spark EV will be revealed alongside the firm’s latest MyLink in-car infotainment system. The revised MyLink will be shown in the US-market Impala, and will add more personalisation options and better smartphone integration.