After disclosing powertrain information on the upcoming 2014 Spark EV, Chevrolet has shared with us the remaining details of the mini car as the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show revs into gear. Perhaps most importantly, it is expected that the Spark EV will be attainable for $25,000, after all tax incentives are put in place. And, like the Chevrolet Volt, the Spark EV’s battery warranty is good for eight years or 100,000 miles.
The battery itself is composed of of a 560-pound (254 kg) square lithium-ion battery pack with a volume of 133 liters, composed of 336 prismatic cells. It also marks the first all-electric vehicle in North America to offer an optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, a feature that can charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes. Though when using a more traditional 240V outlet, the Spark EV can recharge from empty to a full charge in less than seven hours.
The interior of the Spark EV will also show advancements over its gas-powered brother, with a pair of seven-inch LCD screens displaying both infotainment and driving information — again, like the Chevrolet Volt. The car is also packed with app capabilities right out of the box that users can pair with their smartphones. These include the BringGo full-function navigation app, the TuneIn global internet radio app, along with the familiar Pandora and Stitcher apps– into the vehicle. For those with an iPhone 4S or newer, Siri also comes along for the ride.
Indeed, the Chevrolet Spark EV seems to be as much as a car as it is a mobile laptop complete with wheels and airbags that can accelerate from 0-60 in under eight seconds.
Aside from initially launching in California and South Korea, the Spark EV will go on sale in participating dealerships throughout Oregon, Canada plus other markets globally. And without question, the Spark EV will qualify for an HOV lane sticker in California.