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It's been a little over a year since General Motors announce that an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark would be heading to the United States. Fast forward to present time and GM has given confirmation that EV version of the Chevy Spark will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.
When speaking of the EV Spark, Chevrolet officials said the car "will offer consumers the same package that has made the gasoline-powered model so popular while delivering the technology and performance of pure electric power."
Chevrolet says the Spark EV has an oil-cooled electric motor that is able to produce 130 horsepower, an astonishing increase from the 84 horsepower produced by the gas-powered version. The Spark EV will also see its torque skyrocket to 400 pound-feet, which is more than a Porsche 911, and which according to Chevrolet, will help the car go from zero to 60 in less than eight seconds.
The Spark EV’s increase in power comes from a 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which will be covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, and is produced by A123 Systems.
Although Chevy didn’t say much about the Spark EVs range, it did say it would be among the best in its class, rivaling competitors such as the Fiat 500 EV, Mitsubishi i, and Scion iQ EV.
Spark EV owners can expect to charge their battery up to 80% capacity in about 20 minutes by using DC fast charging. The Spark EV can be fully charged in less than seven hours by using a 240-volt outlet, and it uses a standard 120-volt charge cord as standard equipment.
One awesome feature for Spark Ev owners is that you Spark owners will be able to track the car's charging via a smartphone app that works in conjunction with OnStar.
Chevy announced that the new Spark EV will be available for sale or lease in California next summer (summer 2013), with Chevrolet to announce other U.S. markets in the near future.
Also at the Los Angeles Auto Show GM will be showing off an updated version of the Chevrolet MyLink system that will offer higher levels of personalization and improved smartphone integration. The refreshed MyLink system will debut in the 2014 Impala.
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