The powertrain of the Chevrolet Spark EV began Job One today at GM Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh, Maryland. The permanent magnet motor features a unique design for precise power delivery, and will produce 130 hp (100 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (that’s more than a Ferrari 458 Italia) to deliver acceleration of less than 8 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.
Initially, the Spark EV will be sold in California and Oregon this summer with sales eventually expanding to Canada, Europe and South Korea.
The Baltimore facility also produces A1000 transmissions for heavy duty pickup trucks along with the electric motors and drivetrains for the Chevrolet Spark EV. It has been landfill free since 2007, recycling 100% of all waste. They had a 1.2 MW roof mounted solar array installed in May 2011 and received certification for their Wildlife Habitat in June 2011. A new facility has been built on the campus to house manufacturing for production of the electric motor, which is work brought up from Mexico.