Chevy Spark EV Tech Performance Concept to Debut at SEMA

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Chevy Spark EV Performance Tech Concept

Chevy Spark EV Tech Performance  Concept

The annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada is often where you’ll see some of the world’s most radical automobiles.

Tech Performance Spark EV

Tech Performance Spark EV

While most SEMA debuts are of the gas-guzzling, extreme horsepower type, this debut will be electrifying.

Genera Motors says it’ll bring all sorts of concepts to display at SEMA in early November (Nov. 5-8), but the only one that interests us is the Chevy Spark EV Tech Performance.

Spark EV Tech Performance Concept

A pure-electric urban mini-car designed for fun driving, easy ownership and head-turning style, the Spark EV uses no gasoline, but its GM-built motor and drive unit deliver 400 lb-ft of instant torque – more than the classic 1969 Camaro SS muscle car with a 350 V-8 – for exhilarating acceleration. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds.

The Tech Performance concept builds on Spark EV’s performance with a unique power-delivery algorithm that enhances acceleration. Stronger axles support the greater power – helping transform this electric mini car into a mini-muscle car. Additional features:

Spark EV Tech Performance

Spark EV Tech Performance

  • Custom exterior color and graphics, a unique backlit Chevrolet “bowtie” emblem in the grille and performance billet aluminum wheels
  • Chevrolet Accessory sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers
  • Body-color trim plates and green stitching on the shifter boot and steering wheel
  • A military-style flip-up “activation switch” on the instrument panel adds a fun, high-performance-oriented touch of style to this plug-in performer
  • Lightweight features that enhance performance

Will GM build it?  Most likely not, but we all know by now that the Spark EV is a hoot to drive and this EV Tech Performance version surely offers even more thrills.

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11 responses to "Chevy Spark EV Tech Performance Concept to Debut at SEMA"

  1. Taser54 says:

    Chevy Spark EV, SPINAL TAP edition.

  2. Doug B says:

    How about they just start selling the current model across the US, so we can all buy one rather than look at additional vaporware.

    1. Taser54 says:

      “vaporware” I do not think it means what you think it means.

    2. Volt Owner says:

      I agree!!! Why waste their time for two states!!!

      1. scottf200 says:

        Use business sense. Do the math on the expenses vs income. Use the LEAF sales as an example in the other 48 states. A rollout and everything it cost would outweigh the sales profit (again use at LEAF numbers). They know the cost because of the Volt rollout.

        1. Mark C says:

          The Spark uses a modified ICE platform, has some common parts with the Volt and is assembled in Korea and, IIRC, is base priced just above the base LEAF.

          I don’t believe the Spark will be losing money unless they use the same production techniques that were used to HANDBUILD the EV1.

          1. scottf200 says:

            I suspect very few common parts with the Volt. 3.3 kW charger? Rolling out, training, sales training, etc, etc to 100s of dealers across 48 states would not be cheap. Consider all the personal time/money in supporting that and coordinating that. There is NO way that would be profitable in the LEAF quantities.

    3. Peter N F says:

      Hear. Hear!

      We want it in Canada, too.

  3. qwerty says:

    Is there a hard limit on EV’s for range or something? Why below 100 miles of range?

    The only serious player over the 100 mile range is Tesla.

    1. The “100 mile range” that virtually all auto manufacturers, like GM, offer in California is because they earn 3 credits for those Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV). Since the next jump is 200 miles to get one more credit, nobody but Tesla makes a 200 and 300 mile battery car. Tesla currently gets “fast-refueling” credit because they have demonstrated battery swapping.

      California Air Resources Board (CARB) Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) credits:

      Type V – 300+ miles “hydrogen” —– Credit per vehicle: 9 (2015-2017 only)
      Type V – 300+ miles “fast refueling” – Credit per vehicle: 7 (Tesla 85kW)
      Type IV – 200+ miles “fast refueling” – Credit per vehicle: 5 (Tesla 60kWh)
      Type III – 100+ miles “fast refueling” – Credit per vehicle: 4
      Type III – 200+ miles range ———— Credit per vehicle: 4
      Type II – 100+ miles range ————- Credit per vehicle: 3 (Chevy Spark)
      Type I.5 – 75-100 miles range ——— Credit per vehicle: 2.5
      Type I – 50-75 miles range ————- Credit per vehicle: 2

      After 2017, the credits for Type III, IV and V drop to 3 credits per vehicle. I’ll bet you a nickel that all the hydrogen auto makers will push to keep 9 credits.


      General Motors was largest purchaser of CARB-ZEV credits from other manufacturers, therefore there is NO WAY they will sell the Spark EV in any place except California and other CARB states. ZEV credit balances, and ZEV credit transfers as of September 30, 2013:


      In the coming years, the CARB-ZEV requirements increase substantially, and yet another reason why GM needs even more Spark EV sales in CARB states:

      Model Year – Total ZEV Percent Requirement

      2012 ———— 0.79%
      2018 ———— 2.00%
      2019 ———— 4.00%
      2020 ———— 6.00%
      2021 ———— 8.00%
      2022 ———– 10.00%
      2023 ———– 12.00%
      2024 ———– 14.00%
      2025 ———– 16.00%


      GM has to offer the Spark EV at a price well below cost, as do other compliance only companies like Toyota with their Rav4 EV, the Honda Fit EV and the Fiat/Chrysler 500e. The customers won’t buy the cars at their actual cost, and each company must compete with all the others to sell their minimum volume; hence, $199 lease specials.

    2. Raymondjram says:

      The Spark EV is EPA rated at 82 miles of electric range. Some Spark EV owners have reached 90 miles and a few have passed 100 miles. GM just have to tweak the battery range a bit to get an EPA range of 100 miles. The Volt is EPA rated at only 38 miles, but some owners have pass 60 miles! So GM can do it.