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Reports: GM to offer all-electric city car in US

The Detroit News reported that GM will announce on Wednesday it will introduce a full battery-electric city car in the US. Green Car Reports fleshed that basic item out with additional details:

  • The vehicle is the Chevrolet Spark EV, unveiled as the Chevrolet Beat EV, in India. It is an conversion of the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Spark/Beat minicar. (Earlier post.)

    (In 2009, General Motors India and Reva Electric Car Company (REVA) entered into a collaboration agreement to develop electric vehicles for the Indian market. The partnership is focused on car platforms, electric vehicle technology and advanced control systems. Earlier post.)

  • The battery Spark will be largely focused on California’s ZEV mandate, and volumes will be low—perhaps some 2,000 units per year.

GM is holding a press conference on Wednesday in conjunction with Chevrolet’s upcoming centennial.



In-city car sharing could use up to 100,000 of these in USA and probably 4 to 6 times as many worldwide. Many Leaf, Miev and e-Smart will be used as such in the very near future.


With a 20 kWh, 270 kg Li-ion battery pack, (range of up to 80 miles) it is probably priced too high for most, for such a little (city?) car.

It does not necessarily look ugly - a matter of taste I guess (the AZTEC IS just ugly)

2,000 units per year sounds like they will be in demand though. That's good.

If this is just a demo/PR project (only 2000 available), maybe they will be priced low - or even for lease, lease-to-own or lease-to-crush.


GM is responding to the need to continue to develop their line of PH/EV vehicles globally. The cost of electricity will continue to drop with new technology and the limits of $4-5.00 gas will be greater.

The first decent looking 50M AER EV under $20k will launch the entry level market for electric cars. Charging at home - like charging a cell phone - will be the new light transport fuel standard.

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