Earlier this week, General Motors invited hundreds of journalists to announce that it'll release an all-electric version of the Chevy Spark by 2013. The Spark EV was described as an important part of the Chevy's plan to provide customers with multiple electrification solutions, and thus address transportation needs and lifestyle of people living in urban areas.
The subcompact will be powered by a nanophosphate lithium-ion battery, which can be recharged from a wall outlet using standard household power. The Spark EV will be able to travel at least 25 miles on a single charge, which is why it'll be targeted at the customers who have predictable driving patterns and shot commutes. The company also announced that, compared to the original Spark, the 2013 EV version will add such new features as climate control and all-weather and road condition operation.
It's yet unclear when the car will go on sale. So far, the Chevy Spark EV is scheduled to hit the showrooms in late 2012. In the US, it will be sold in limited quantities and mostly in California, as well as in the states that adopted similar emissions standards.