The Chevrolet Spark city car, a spacious, five-door small car launched in 2010, will get an all-electric option in 2013.
Called the Chevrolet Spark EV, it will go on sale in the US initially in what Chevrolet calls ‘limited quantities’.
It will then be extended to other countries but it has not been revealed if the Chevrolet Spark EV will be sold in right-hand drive versions for the UK market.
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV will be the first ever all-electric Chevrolet and the first from parent company General Motors, which famously decided against building an electric car named the EV1 in the mid-1990s.
An all-electric Chevrolet Spark would most likely boast a short range (under 100 miles) and be used for short journeys.
Other electric cars such as the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn have proved popular with drivers who travel short distances in busy city areas.
This is due to the low fuel costs, compact dimensions and ability to fit into smaller parking spaces than many larger cars. Electric cars in the UK also qualify for free road tax and exemption from the London congestion charge, while there are a number of free electric car parking spots appearing in city areas.
“The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV.”
The Chevrolet Volt, a rebadged version of the Vauxhall Ampera, will be the first Chevrolet model to use electric power in the UK when it arrives at the start of 2012.
The Volt uses an electric motor powered by a battery but when its range runs low, a small petrol engine recharges the battery while the car is still moving to extend the range to 350 miles.
The Chevrolet Volt will also be road tax free despite its use of the petrol engine and because of its electric powertrain, will be eligible for a £5,000 discount under the government’s plug-in car grant.