Chevy Spark EV

Chevy Spark EV

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According to Edmunds, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV is now on sale in both California and Oregon.

For 2015, there's some major changes for the Spark EV:

"General Motors will bring all its electric vehicle battery building capabilities in-house with production of battery systems for the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV at its battery assembly plant in Brownstown, Mich."

Larry Nitz, executive director of GM global transmission and electrification engineering, adds

“Using our in-house engineering and manufacturing expertise enabled us to deliver a battery system that is more efficient and lighter than the 2014 Spark EV without sacrificing range. Our successful working relationship with LG Chem has allowed us to deliver a new battery system for the Spark EV that helps us to better leverage our economies of scale.”

For 2015, the Spark EV battery system is enhanced in several ways. Per General Motors:

“A newly designed battery system features an overall storage capacity of 19 kWh and uses 192 lithium ion cells. The cells are produced at LG Chem’s plant in Holland, Mich. The battery system weight of 474 lbs. is 86 pounds lighter than the system in the 2014 Spark EV.”

Pricing is unchanged for 2015, meaning the 2015 Spark EV will cost $27,495.  Range stays the same too, as does MPGe, apparently, despite changes to both the battery pack and the Spark EV's final drive ratio.

"Changes in battery design will not affect the Spark's MPGe, or gasoline equivalent, performance compared to the 2014 model.  Range will remain at an EPA-rated 82 miles and MPGe will remain at 119."

Edmunds adds:

"The 2015 Spark EV features Siri Eyes Free, 4G LTE and DC Fast Charging."

There's still no official word from General Motors on more widespread availability for the Chevy Spark EV.

Source: Edmunds