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GM offers no details on Spark at this point

GM has been offering the Chevrolet Volt for the past year and the car has proven to be reasonably popular, even if the price keeps some away. The Volt isn't a fully-fledged EV, and has a gasoline engine/generator onboard to extend the range of the vehicle when the battery pack is exhausted.

GM announced today that it has plans to start selling a pure electric vehicle (EV) in 2013. The EV will be called the Spark and it will be a complete electric powered mini-car that is aimed at drivers in big cities. The first markets to receive the Spark EV are likely to be the same ones that welcomed the Volt.

“The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.”

At this point GM isn't offering hard details on the Spark. We don't know the driving range, price, or anything about its performance. All we know for sure right now is that the Spark will use battery packs from A123 Systems. Those battery packs will be nanophosphate lithium-ion packs.
The Spark EV will use nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries [Source: GM]

“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.”

It would be easy to expect the Spark to target the Nissan Leaf which has an EPA estimated driving range of 73 miles or less depending on the conditions.

Source: Chevrolet

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RE: Huh?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/13/2011 12:10:31 PM , Rating: 2
You only confirm what I'm saying. The Volt is a FULLY capable EV when it is fully charged. When the generator kicks in it behaves as a hybrid to extend the range. Up until that point it is, without question, a full EV.


This is the dumbest logic I have ever heard of. So I guess the Boeing 747 is a "full" glider because if you cut the engines off it then becomes a full glider...

Seriously, actually think about how dumb your position is on this. Then get back to me with the proper attitude.

RE: Huh?
By lightfoot on 10/13/2011 5:21:44 PM , Rating: 2
How so? The Volt even with an empty fuel tank perform all the functions of a "fully qualified" EV.

Just because it can use fuel to extend its range doesn't mean it has to.

If anything it is a more qualified EV.

The Prius can not operate at highway speeds and travel for 40 miles with out consuming fuel and thus would not be a full EV. The Volt however can.

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