At the 2012 LA Auto Show later this month, GM will take the wraps off its all-electric 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. As it is the GM’s first battery electric car after the EV1 of the 1990s, there are more features on the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric minicar than its size suggests.
According to Spark EV Chief Engineer Chuck Russell, Spark EV will be the most fun-giving car. The propulsion system for Spark EV is set to provide surprising fun-to-drive acceleration with maximum efficiency.
It has a lot more features to offer like its new OnStar apps, which will let you interact with your plug-in vehicle, the Pecan Street project, which will allow the vehicle to track around 1,500 data points every 15 minutes from a house involved in the smart grid/plug-in car program or the work GM is doing with ABB to use old Volt batteries to assist the electric grid.
The Park-Tap-Charge prototype app can use near-field-communication to send a signal from your smartphone to a Wattstation charging station to pay for and manage charging. The Spark is the first EV to be equipped with “priority charging. It is a method in which you can set a program to delay charging until nighttime when rates are lower and recharge the battery pack to a preset level.
Chevrolet Spark EV is expected to arrive in California dealer showrooms next summer.