Chevrolet Spark EV launched at L.A. show

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is being showcased this week at the L.A. Auto Show. Featuring a slightly updated exterior appearance with a Volt-inspired front grille, an integrated tailgate spoiler and aero rocker panels, the electric version of the Spark comes with a rear diffuser, full-length underbody panels as well as a lower air intake coefficient that features an active shutter system. Inside the cabin it looks a lot like the standard Spark, but with a digital instrument cluster, chrome accents and an Electric Blue trim. Also part of the package is the MyLink infotainment system plus a so-called “confidence” gauge that shows the remaining range based on current conditions.

Motivation comes from a 20+ kWh lithium-ion battery that powers an electric motor which generates 130 hp and an instant torque of 400 lb-ft. Thanks to this setup, the 2014 Spark EV is able to perform the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 8 seconds and provide the best-in-class range for an electric car. After the battery is depleted, the owner can charge it from a 240V outlet, a process that takes less than 7 hours. For extra money, the SAE Combo DC Fast Charger is able to fill the battery up to an 80 percent level in only 20 minutes.

The vehicle is scheduled to reach showrooms next summer and it will be sold in California, Oregon, Canada, South Korea, as well as other international markets. No confirmed details about pricing, but after incentives it should cost less than $25,000 in the U.S.

Source: WorldCarFans

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