GM is working on a Chevrolet Spark EV and aims to release it in the US next year. The EV will be based on the popular Chevrolet Spark (our Holden Barina Spark), featuring a full-electric powertrain.
GM previewed the idea of the Chevrolet Spark EV earlier this year with the unveiling of the Chevrolet Beat EV concept in India. In concept form, the Beat (also known as the Spark) features a 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing current to an electric motor.
The electric motor, stationed in the front spinning the front wheels, produces 45kW of power. The EV package provides enough power pull the small hatch around for 130km. A full recharge using a conventional 240-volt socket can be achieved in under eight hours.
Although these specifications are for the Beat EV concept, Chevrolet is likely to borrow much of the setup for its production version Spark EV. Production is set to around 2000 units per year, with a majority of them being reserved for sale in certain regions such as California.
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV will debut some time in late-2012, and be sold as a 2013 model year (MY).