GM has been accused of killing the electric car after its failed EV1 experiment…but things appear to have come full circle this morning as GM has announced it will be building a 100% electric car based on the Chevy Spark mini-car. And yes, they will sell it here in America.
We actually scooped the news of the Beat/Spark EV a few months ago when it debuted across the Pacific in India. It’s been three months since that unveil…and GM has finally gotten around to making an official announcement that yes, they will produce and sell an EV spark for sale around the globe, including California.
The Spark/Beat mini-car has been popping its cute face up every few years, with an on-again/off-again promise of production. The Spark will be smaller than even the sub-compact Sonic, so don’t expect a big car or a big battery, and GM does not give any hints regarding range, power, or charging time.
However, the pictures of the Spark’s interior do give a few hints as to what to expect…including a regenerative braking mode, a sport mode button and what looks to be an LED gauge screen. Very sharp looking stuff. The only other details GM would give is that A123 will be providing the neophosphate lithium-ion batteries, and that it should go on sale in 2013, probably as a 2014 model. So don’t get your hopes up yet…though I expect GM is planning on at least matching the Nissan Leaf’s range, if not surpassing it.
The big question here though will be one of price and practicability. Can GM sell an affordable EV with enough range that people will actually buy it? Let’s hope so.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.