Chevrolet confirmed today that it will build and an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark (Beat) subcompact. Known as the Chevrolet Spark (Beat) EV, the model will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013. Of course, one of those markets will include California.
India, a market in which the Chevrolet Beat was launched first globally, isn’t likely to get the electric version of the Beat as General Motors feels that our market isn’t ready for electric technology yet due to the higher costs involved and also the infrastructure to support electric cars lagging in the country.
A few months ago, General Motors India showcased the Chevrolet Beat Electric in India. Back then, the automaker asserted that the possibility of the Chevrolet Beat Electric making it to the Indian car market in the near future to be very slim. In line with that, today’s announcement by General Motors that the Beat Electric might not see an Indian launch anytime soon is further reaffirmation of that fact.
“The Spark (Beat) 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.”
GM will also soon start manufacturing a right-hand-drive version of its popular Chevrolet Volt electric car and there is a possibility that it may come to our shores as well.
The Chevrolet Malibu sold in the US comes with a partial hybrid system called E-Assist — a 15Kw electric motor. This system could soon make its way in the Chevrolet Cruze.
GM said that A123 systems will be supplying the nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will power the Spark (Beat) EV.
“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments,” said Federico. “The Spark (Beat) 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.”
Details on specific markets, range, quantities and pricing will be announced later in USA.
Also see – GM India unveiled Chevrolet Beat Battery Electric Vehicle