The Chevy Spark Promises to Electrify
General Motors is making some radical changes in the way they approach new products. No longer will we expect to see low-tech engineering when it comes to powertrain. The new Chevrolet micro-compact car is electrifying things in the auto industry.
GM just made an announcement that it will begin selling a micro-compact car (a little large than the SMART car) that will be all electric.
The Chevrolet Spark EV will hit the marketplace in 2013 around the world, including the United States. GM says that it will initially be offered in limited quantities only in California and Washington D.C.
Early tests of the Spark EV which is powered by a 20 kilowatt-hour battery pack show that the car can go up to 80 miles between charges. The Chevy Volt’s range between charges is only 35 miles.
A standard transmission offering of the Spark is set to go on sale in the United States in 2012. The Chevy Spark will be built n South Korea, India and Uzbekistan.
This is swing and a home run for GM after they ended their game changing EV1 program. The program was going on a little over a decade ago when GM first began its tumble from grace. It promised to revolutionize the way in which a car is driven and be on par with the future expectations of a green conscious world.
GM is playing the game with the future in mind, and it is no longer looking so bleak for them.
There is another curiously exciting development going on at GM with its continuing development of the EN-V electric mobility concept. This is a two-seater pod that will apparently be able to balance itself on two wheels based on technology from Segway.Continued on the next page