Chevy Spark EV Gets One Step Closer to Launch With Kick Off of Electric Motor Production in US (Video)
With InsideEVs officially confirming that the 2014 Chevy Spark EV will launch earlier than expected (July instead of “late Summer 2013) in the US, it’s no surprise that production of the electric motor that powers the battery-only Spark commenced today at General Motors’ Baltimore Operations plant in White Marsh, Maryland.
With production of the electric motor now underway, GM can lay claim to becoming the “first U.S.-based automaker to manufacture these key parts in America” (not even close to true, says Tesla Motors who manufactures its own electric motors in the US and has done so for some time now).
In a celebratory sort of way, Mike Robinson, GM vice-president of Sustainability, remarked:
“The era of using electricity to help improve performance and fuel economy is already here and the trend is only going to grow. Today is further proof GM is leading in the development of electric vehicles that will improve America’s energy security.”
The permanent magnet motor that powers the front wheels on the Spark EV cranks out 130 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque. GM still only says the electric Spark will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in “less than 8 seconds.”
The Spark EV will initially only be sold in California and Oregon. Sales will later branch out to include Canada, Europe and South Korea. The notion of selling the Spark EV outside of California and Oregon in the US is still a possibility.
The last piece of the Spark EV puzzle, its price, remains unknown at this time, but with the Fiat 500E checking in at $32,500, we’d bet the Spark to be priced at least in the same ballpark.
Check out GM’s unusual Spark EV electric motor video below.