Unlike other cars, GM’s new product will only be available for sale in limited quantities and for a select type of drivers. Buyers must live in urban areas and have, what GM calls “predictable driving patterns”.
The 2013 Spark will join the Volt and the Malibu Eco with eAssist technology in Chevy’s growing range of electrified vehicles.
The Spark minicar will only be available in the United States and it is modeled after the feedback participants in Chevrolet’s electric vehicle demonstration fleets in Shanghai, Korea and India.
“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs to electric vehicle customers living in urban environments,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet.
Chevy Spark will differ from the volt, which is equipped with a gasoline engine that takes over when the electric motor depletes. The 2013 Spark will be an all-electric car, which is why the drivers have to travel short distances, or have, as they called it “predictable driving patterns”.