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    SPIED: Chevy's smallest EV drops its CAMO!


    Drew Dowdell - February 24, 2012 - CheersandGears.com

    Photo by Chris Doane Automotive, LLC - May not be used elsewhere without permission of photographer.

    The last time we saw a 2014 Spark EV prototype, the front end was covered in heavy camouflage and rear was held together with pop-rivets. Today, we've spied another Spark EV prototype with the production bodywork in place and almost NO camouflage.

    From our spy photos, we can see the Spark EV will get a different front end from its' gasoline brother. A new, smaller grille is in place, with filler panels that mimic the styling of the panels we find on the Chevy Volt. The Spark EV also has a new lower fascia and new styling around the fog lights.

    On the driver's side, front quarter panel, the door to access the charging port is clearly visible.

    The rear fascia on the Spark EV is also new, and looks to protrude from the car more than the bumper we find on the gasoline-powered Spark. This is likely to provide more room for the battery pack. It's also easy to see that this Spark is, of course, NOT sporting any tailpipes.

    Motivation for the Spark EV will come from a 114hp, permanent magnet electric motor, built at a GM plant in White Marsh Maryland. That motor will get its' juice from a lithium-ion pack manufactured by A123 Systems.

    GM will hope to have this all-electric Spark on sale sometime in the first half of 2013.

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    Chevrolet Spark EV without camo

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    With the explosive publicity on the fires on the Volt I would think a name change would be in order here.

    Spark would be a bad choice of name if anything goes wrong. LOL!

    Great job Chris! Not only did you get a Spark but the EV one at that.

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    Very Cool Chris, Nice Catch.

    So is that Rear Suicide doors as I do not see any handles but it does look like the rear portion behind the front door opens.

    I have to say that I like this look much better than the Leaf and for me, the Spark name does not bother me even with the Almost zero volt fires. People who are hung up on this due to what was extreme impact hits way beyond normal are crazy.

    A normal gas car can explode if hit right also and burn.

    Spark way to go, you should be a hit for those of average height and needing a city commuter car.

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    Probably will be priced closer to the Mitsubishi i than the Leaf..

    Maybe...tough to say with the jump in prices....the 2013 Mali is a good example, being priced in the low to mid 30s already...

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    ya know..... i have no issue what so ever with electric cars with todays technology i see a future where electric cars and gas powered cars are competitive. sure you dont have the pleasant roar of a good ol hemi. but isnt that what classics are for? even in a world where electric cars and gas cars compete gas cars will still be made because of that same reason, they may just end up being more expensive. some electric cars can even be competitive in the HP range. but my problem with electric cars is they are so ungodly ugly! now before you go mark down my post there are a few acceptable ones out there. but the majority of electric cars look like poo. i get what they are trying to do "lets look different then the gas cars!" but if you wanna sell electric cars to gas car people MAKE THEM LOOK THE SAME! it seems the trend is to make the car as small and pathetic as possible, which to muscle car fanatics is a big no no. now i personally didnt like THIS car before hand as the spark but this rant was more a general rant LOL

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    Maybe...tough to say with the jump in prices....the 2013 Mali is a good example, being priced in the low to mid 30s already...

    Blech...can't imagine paying 30s for a 4cyl FWD appliance..

    Me either....

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    Be honest with yourselves... what is this thing even good for? What's the range? Where's the support infrastructure? It's a freaking golf cart, for heaven's sake. Jeers.

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    I just have a feeling they will try to shoot for a price $25K-30K. Thecar is based an a produciton car with bits from the Volt. I think price is everything here.

    What is this car good for? Not much else other than the PR aspect that if you have it you are a good company and if you don't you hate the enviroment.

    Also the EV market has to start some where. It will contunue to develope till it reaches the point where these cars will have the batteries and faster charging in time. But with no market few suppliers will invest in these technologies.

    Kind of like Gasoline. When the first Gas powered cars came out there were no gas stations. You had to mix it yourself. As more cars hit the roads filling stations with better and improved fuels arrived. If it were not for those pioneers who built and sold the first mostly useless gas powered cars to vreate a market segment the develpment would have taken years longer.

    If no demad is created then there is little market to fill.

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    Auto company heads worldwide have gone on record saying they know electrics are bad investments of their companies' money. It's a joke. A bad joke.

    EDIT: now, a diesel Spark would be a good idea. Chevrolet would be able to actually SELL a diesel Spark, it's ready to go!

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    if its such a joke why do Auto companies around the world have entire teams devoted to making these cars better? lets face it. when the hybrid first came out this same thing happened because of the shell it was in. not to mention it wasn't really that impressive. now we have hybrids in all shapes, sizes, and they are much better then they were. the problem with these technologies is they aren't perfect. thats why you dont see a mass flood of electric cars out. don't worry gas cars will be majority for another decade or 4. just let the car companies have their fun :).

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    The reason they fool with these is two fold. the Green Movment is only getting stronger and stronger in many markets , Europe being the most notible. Jeremy Clarkson is my hero for speaking out as he does as it not a popuar message he sends.

    The second reason is the new regulations mony countries are now putting in place now that will effect all future production.

    The fact is if they could avoid all these crazy electric cars and add on's they woulb but they are desperate to find ways so you do not end up in a Chevy version of a TATA.

    So if you want car bigger than a toaster you will have to learn to accpet these crazy ideas and hope they keep improving.

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    Maybe...tough to say with the jump in prices....the 2013 Mali is a good example, being priced in the low to mid 30s already...

    Blech...can't imagine paying 30s for a 4cyl FWD appliance..

    and our parents probably didn't imagine paying over 10K for any car that wasn't a "super car" or top of the line lux, like for a cadi.

    http://www.inthe70s.com/prices.shtml

    at most the average car was 1/2 the average wage and the average house was < 8 years of wages.

    anyone born before the 70's has seen lots of inflation. don't be so surprised if cars are still made in our life time that the basic price will be $50K+(unless financial meltdown occurs, which would be worldwide)

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    ok here is a reality check for you.. there WILL COME A DAY that electric will be the only thing to choose from. either that or some sort of other renewable resource. its gonna happen. you can accept that or not but it will happen. there will be a day when gas cars will be a thing of the past. saying you dont accept that will happen is like saying you dont accept that some day you will die. NOW you can choose to get all pitchforky about it now. or you can accept that its gonna happen and start the more relevant topic of lets make them the best they can be. lets make them something people of all demos wanna buy. personnally there is no reasonably priced electric car on the market that i wanna buy. BUT i know there will come a day that there will be one. having an electric car does not mean the end of the industry it means a shift within the industry. if these cars were such a joke there would not be a mad dash to make the best one. for right now the auto industry is keeping to gas cars as a safty net. they know it works. but some companies are stepping up to the plate and taking some swings. dodge has yet to do this but i do see them possibly starting soon. just let this topic die because honestly if you dont think its gonna happen then you are just in denial over something that wont change much.

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    here is the thing. i like those things too. and we still have them. but we wont always. and thats what you need to grasp, and if im being honest cars dont have unlimited travel anyway. you gotta fill up sometime. so when it comes to electric cars what they need to work on is recharge time. SEE we ARE making progress!!

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    I wouldn't be too sure about an all-electric future, unless it happens via government mandate. Even then, it is a long way off. As for getting "pitchforky", I'll do that as I please. And the car itself? I wouldn't buy it if it ran on tap water and baked cookies while doing so. It's a tiny little crapbox, and painfully ugly on top of it.

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    here is the bottom line. i LOVE my gas guzzleing 18 mpg intrepid. i love this thing in an unhealthy way. but if a better looking, running, cheaper, better CAR came along you bet your sweet bippy id buy it. this car? NO but i am sure there will be one soon enough in what i am certain will be a gas free future. now let me explain why i believe electric will take over. you take a look at the pump lately its 3.63 last time i filled up. they are predicting 5 dollars over the summer, the highest its ever been. if that trend continues as more electric cars become avaliable you can count on them switching over to electric. now maybe YOU wont but the mass consumers will. because its cheaper for them to plug the car into the wall then to go to the pump. now it may take a decade or two but i see electric becoming at least the majority in the future. and beyond that a thing of the past. is it sad to see our loud friends go? yea but things come and go. its just a matter of how soon you adapt.

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