This month at the LA Motor Show, Chevrolet revealed the newly developed Spark EV, a model driven by an oil-cooled, permanent magnet motor that is capable of producing at least 100 kW which equals 134 horsepower or 136 PS and 542 Nm of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8.0 seconds, or at least this is what General Motors declared. The model receives power from a lithium-ion battery pack with at least 20 kWh which can be found under the rear seat bench, but also into the boot area.
The model will come with a warranty protection for the battery for 8 years or 100.000 miles. Chevrolet will equip the new Spark EV with an industry-first SAE combo charger that is capable of charging the battery up to 80% in around 20 minutes. It will take less than 7 hours for the charging to be completed using a dedicated 240V charge. Owners will have the possibility to manage and monitor the battery using a smart phone application offered by OnStar. According to the executive director of global electrification engineering team of General Motors, Larry Nitz, the new Chevrolet Spark EV has undergone more than 200.000 hours of testing in their global battery systems labs.
Chevy specialists admitted that more than 75% of the propulsion system components found on the new Spark come from the Volt and Hybrid truck programs offered by the American manufacturer, General Motors. The production process of the Spark EV will start at the beginning of next year in the US and sales will begin in the summer of 2013. Unfortunately there are not a lot of details on the price and other things, but for sure the carmaker will reveal more at the Los Angeles Motor Show that will take place in a couple of weeks.
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