Chevrolet to debut new Spark electric at the LA auto show

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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At a claimed 6.3 L/100km in the city and 5.1 on the highway, Chevy's pint-sized Spark city car offers entry-level buyers some of the best fuel economy numbers in the industry. How could it possibly get more efficient? How about ditching the 83-horsepower 1.2-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine and replacing it with a plug-in electric motor?

The Spark EV is on its way, making its first North American stop at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Chevy's being tightlipped about any specifics, but has gone so far as to say that it will be packaged similarly to how the current gasoline-powered Spark is offered.

This means that Chevy's innovative new MyLink smartphone connectivity system will be available, although updated to the same specs as the revised version soon to be released in the totally redesigned full-size 2014 Impala family sedan. The update reportedly allows for improved smartphone integration and more personalization.

The Spark EV will also utilize a new nanophosphate lithium-ion battery pack supplied by A123 Systems, featuring more power than regular lithium-ion batteries of the same size, higher charge and discharge rates for improved performance and efficiency, greater usable energy with a wider SOC (State of Charge) range, better safety through superior abuse tolerance, and longer life for both deep and shallow cycling.

"The Spark EV and next-generation of MyLink demonstrate Chevrolet's commitment to delivering the advanced technologies that today's consumers will be eager to adopt and truly value," said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing.

The Spark EV will available in limited quantities in North America and other global markets.

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Topics: Hatchback, EV, Chevrolet, 2014, Spark EV, Electric,

Organizations: Chevrolet

Geographic location: Los Angeles

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