Chevrolet's electric Spark awaits public bow

Few details have yet to be confirmed, but various reports have found that the new Spark EV is driven purely by an 85kW electric motor which develops 114bhp, making it the most powerful version of the city car yet.

The standard Chevrolet Spark range is available with either a 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine or for higher-end models a 79bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit. Both engines are connected to a five-speed manual gearbox.

The new electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, which is situated below the rear seats and the boot of the car.

Standard equipment on the Spark is unlikely to change that much from the standard petrol-run model, which includes air conditioning, a CD player and front electric windows.

The Chevrolet Spark EV will be revealed in Los Angeles alongside Chevrolet’s brand new infotainment system called MyLink, which supports smartphone integration, in a similar fashion to Vauxhall’s IntelliLink computer which will debut on the 2013 Vauxhall Adam.

The MyLink infotainment computer however is not expected to be seen on new Chevrolet models until 2014 at the earliest, but the Spark EV could hit showrooms worldwide including the UK during late 2013.

UK motorists can order a petrol-powered Spark right now from one of Perrys Chevrolet Dealerships based in Dover and Rotherham.

Designed as a city-friendly car for young or newly-qualified drivers, the Spark is more practical than most small cars thanks to its five doors and raised rear roofline for greater head room.

With an instrument panel modelled on that of a motorcycle and a series of bright body colours and graphics available, the Spark is aimed at cash-strapped younger buyers. Prices for the city car currently start at just £8,475.