New 2015 Chevy Spark EV Stars In Google Pilot Program
General Motors has taken up shop on Google’s main campus in Mountain View, California.
Well, at least the Chevrolet Spark EV has.
The two companies said they are teaming up on a electric car, ride-sharing pilot program that features the 2015 model year Spark EV – chosen because of its diminutive size and high efficiency.
It should be noted that the 2015 Spark EV has a new battery supplier – LG Chem (A123 is out), a smaller battery – 19 kWh, and a new final drive ratio – all of which GM states does not change any range or performance specs. (full story on that here)
In GM’s latest sustainability report, the company stated, “This learning pilot combines commuting data, analytics, telematics, navigation and smartphones to run a smart, real-time system that mixes and matches drivers, riders and cars during morning and evening commutes. Convenience through door-to-door service and flexible scheduling are key goals.”
Besides the Google-based program, GM is setting up another test program at its own Technical Center in Warren, Michigan to ease the stress of a bad parking situation. Edmunds reports that this campus has a scarcity of parking and the Spark EV car sharing program will help to relieve the congestion.
“Through a partnership with Streetline, a parking technology company, we’ve installed sensors in our most used parking decks to measure demand and turnover patterns.”
The program is centered around a specially designed app that allows employees to find available parking spaces, without wasting time and gas hunting for those few open spots.
In its sustainability report GM also underlined their goal to have 500,000 electrified (in some way) vehicles on the road by 2017…unfortunately GM’s definition of that still includes ‘standard’ hybrids as well as PHEVs and pure electrics.