General Motors of Canada announced the Chevrolet Spark EV will be made available for retail customers.
The Spark EV will be eligible for provincial incentives from the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Chevrolet also offers the best-selling electric vehicle in Canada, the Volt, and has recently announced plans to bring the next generation all-electric vehicle based on the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept into production.
“We’re expanding our electric vehicle offerings to our customers by offering the 2016 Spark EV for retail sales in the growing EV markets here in Quebec as well as in Ontario and BC,” said Chris Hay, regional director for Chevrolet. “For city residents whose transportation needs can be met with an all-electric vehicle, Spark EV builds on Chevrolet’s proven electric motor and battery development programs from the Chevrolet Volt.”
The Chevrolet Spark EV is an all-electric urban mini-car designed for fun driving and easy ownership. It offers the latest in technology and in-vehicle infotainment, including industry exclusive OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
It uses no gasoline, yet its GM-built motor and drive unit deliver 327 lb-ft (444 Nm) of instant torque, enabling a 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) time of 7.2 seconds. Storing that energy from the charging process and the vehicle’s regenerative braking capability is an 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
When fully charged, Spark EV features a combined city/highway estimated range of 131 km and an estimated city/highway fuel consumption equivalent of 2.0 Le/100kms.
Three available levels of recharging capability include the industry’s first use of the recently approved SAE combo charger for DC fast charging, which charges 80 percent of the battery in just 20 minutes.
Spark EV has been available for fleet customers for 2 years. Pricing for 2016 Spark EV will be available at a later time.