For release: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, 9 a.m. EDT
Chevrolet to Produce Spark EV All-Electric Vehicle
Mini-car joins growing portfolio of electrified vehicles
DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet
Spark mini-car – the Spark EV. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global
markets starting in 2013, including California.
“The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or
short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for
electric vehicles at Chevrolet. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles,
including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.”
Feedback from participants in Chevrolet’s electric vehicle demonstration fleets in Shanghai (Sail
EV), Korea (Cruze EV) and India (Beat EV) are being incorporated into the Spark EV.
“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers
living in urban environments,” said Federico. “The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet’s plan
to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and
transportation needs of people around the world.”
A123 Systems will supply the advanced nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will power
the Spark EV. Details on specific markets, range, quantities and pricing will be announced later.
Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand
with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides
consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive
design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance
cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as
Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic,
Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly solutions including
Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric,
gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA
estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience
technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen
Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar
availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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