When the 2013 Chevrolet Spark was unveiled at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show the company promised that an electric version would be unveiled within a year. True to its word the all-electric Spark EV will be shown publicly for the first time at the in two weeks time.
has not revealed any specific details but from what we know it will be powered by an electric motor producing more power than the 84-bhp 1.25-liter gasoline engine in the gas powered Spark. Initially the Spark EV will only be sold in select markets in the U.S. including California where it should prove to be a good commuter car.
Chevrolet says it will also showcase the expanded functionality of the next generation of MyLink, which will be available first in the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan.
The Spark EV will play an important role for General Motors not only in the U.S. but also in many overseas markets. GM says it will have up to 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification by 2017, with a focus on plug-in cars.
"The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute," Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development told media attending the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco this week. "Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward." She also said that "the unique propulsion technology pioneered in the Volt - the same technology that will be featured in the Cadillac ELR - will be a core piece of our electrification strategy going forward."