What is it? This all-electric version of Chevrolet’s tiny four-door hatchback uses a 20-kWh lithium-ion battery powering a 130-hp electric motor that cranks out 400 ft.-lbs. of torque. The Spark EV will be built in the United States and use all Chevrolet’s latest connection technology: a MyLink radio that integrates BringGo navigation, TuneIn internet radio, and Pandora and Stitcher streaming music services. Customers with compatible iPhones can use Siri for voice control.
The price is expected to be $32,495, before adding destination and subtracting the federal $7,500 tax credit.
What is new or notable? Perhaps most notable, the Spark EV will be the first electric car to employ the new SAE Combo DC fast-charge connection port. Using the same port as its 240-volt charger, but with two additional pins, the Spark EV can be charged to 80 percent in 20 minutes – if you can find a publicly accessible SAE Combo DC fast charger.
When will it be available? Summer 2013.