2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Headed to Canada as Fleet-Only Vehicle

By · February 22, 2013

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Last month, Paul Pebbles, General Motors global manager of OnStar electric vehicle services, defended the seriousness of the company's intent to make the Chevy Spark EV a legitimate player. In an interview with PluginCars.com, Pebbles said, “It’s not a compliance car. We’re planning a global launch of this vehicle.” She added, “It will be in a lot of markets,” without providing specifics. Now we know, at least for Canada, what General Motors has in mind for its global roll out.

When the Spark EV launches in Canada (exact date still unknown at this time, but probably late 2013), the subcompact will be a fleet-only vehicle. Eventually, it's expected to be available to the general public in Canada, but that's not confirmed at this time.

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV made its Canadian debut a few days ago at the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show. The 2014 Spark EV, expected to launch in the U.S. this summer, will have an estimated range of about 80 miles per charge. In addition to previously announced markets including California and South Korea, Spark EV will go on sale at participating dealerships throughout Oregon. The Spark EV's sticker price (prior to incentives) will start around $32,000. The vehicle will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax incentive in the United States, as well as a number of local and regional perks.

The 2014 Spark EV's motor produces approximately 130 horsepower and G.M. says it will dash from 0 to 60 mph in roughly eight seconds. It will be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability. According to G.M., the Spark's 20-kwh lithium-ion battery is capable of handling multiple DC Fast Charges daily.

G.M. claims the range and other features of the Spark EV will lead the segment, most likely defined as “small electric commuter vehicles.” Yet, that segment, so far, only includes the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Smart Electric Drive. In 2012, those two small cars combined for 727 sales in the U.S., a small percentage of the 53,172 total plug-in car sales. Traditionally, subcompact cars have not been popular among American car buyers.


· · 5 years ago

Just next door to me in Southern Ontario, SunCountryHighway has basically plastered all the little towns with 75 amp EVSE's (rebranded cc-100's I believe). We have none of those in our area stateside, the biggest we have in Western NY is 30 amps, and then usually at 200 volts which slows things down another 15 %.

The 14 amps the Sparks will draw will certainly not tax their ability (nor show their fast charging benefit), but it will be interesting to see how much our Canadian friends like the Spark. In view of the cold winters, I'd think most would actually be happier with the Volt.

· · 5 years ago

While the new EVSE SAE Combo Plug Might actually be Better - Just Like Certain High Performance Video Cards for My PC - I like Choice! Like, give me CHAdeMO too!
I want the ability to plug in to the fast chargers that already have been installed, as well as the coming SAE Combo Plugs - if they make the grade and get installed!
From www.chademo.com:
"The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 2445.
-- (Japan 1672 Europe 601 USA 160 Others 12) last update 2013.02.28"
There are Two already in Canada - 1 in Toronto's GTA (Mississauga), and 1 in Montreal!
Also - there are 14 CHAdeMO units installed in the Chicago, IL Area; 3 in the Indianapolis, IN Area; 16 in the Houston, TX Area; 17 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Area, 17 in Tennessee; 1 in Alabama; 1 in Atlanta, GA; 13 in the Phoenix, AZ Area; 6 in the Las Angeles - San Diego Area; 18 more in the San Francisco, CA Area; some 20 units in Washington State, and about 38 in Oregon! (As Displayed on Plugshare.com - selecting only [Quick Charge (CHAdeMO)]). There is also one in Mexico City, and 4 in Hawaii!! While chademo.com says there are 160 units in the USA, my tally above counts as 164 - but their tally is over a week old!

Bottom Line - here are the plugs I want for a 20 kWh pack: Level 1 (120V x 20 Amps - J1772); Level 2 (240V x 30 Amps+, J1772); DC Quick Charging with CHAdeMO (25 - 50 kW); and SAE Combo Plug (If you must)!

Please Show me where I can Track the number of installed SAE Combo Plugs - where on a map & List!

· · 5 years ago

Maybe the Fleet Only equation, is to get testing of the new SAE Combo Quick Chargers - and push them out to the market place?

· · 4 years ago

Chevrolet being the most popular car makers around the world providing the customer satisfying car models. All the car models of Chevrolet are really cool and looks so different. Chevrolet Bit, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Travera, Chevrolet Cruze are the most stunning Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet also providing electric vehicles and all are very popular. Chevy Volt also a nice electric charged vehicle. Chevrolet Spark now also available as electric charged vehicle. http://www.swedishmotorautorepair.com/

· · 4 years ago

I am curious about the Spark EV. The size is fine with me(I currently drive an I-MiEV). However, how can GM sell this thing at a competitive price with Nissan after Nissan reduced the cost of the 2013 LEAF? If the car gets 80 miles real world, and has enough features to make it appeal to lots of people, and has a decent price it might sell very well. But it can't cost more than NIssan's LEAF Model S, it appears to be smaller than the LEAF and also not quite as comfortable. Nevertheless, I am really excited about the coming new EV models, it's a fun time.

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