Chevrolet issued a statement today saying it plans to release an electric Spark super-mini within the next two years.
The General Motors brand says the Spark electric vehicle will be manufactured in «limited quantities and be sold globally from 2013. The first US state that will have the privilege of driving these cars is California, which is of course known to be very eco-conscious.
The global vehicle chief engineer for EVs at the company, Jim Federico, said ¬The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option.®
He added that the new model would complement the companys growing range of electric cars, which includes the 2013 Malibu Eco and the Volt extended-range electric vehicle.
General Motors already has a number of prototype electric vehicles currently on test in Korea (Cruze EV), Shanghai (Sail EV) and India (Beat EV). The company will use the feedback received from these tests to make improvements to the new model.
Mr Federico went on to say that the companys worldwide demo fleet was vital in providing new insight into the needs of EV drivers in cities around the world. The Spark, he said, was just one more step in General Motors plan to give its worldwide customer base a choice of EV solutions that will address their different needs.
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