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2013-02-14 08:32

FAST-CHARGE SPARK: Chevrolet's popular - especially in South Africa - will have the option of a 96kW electric motor in some markets in 2014.

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Chev Spark goes digital

2013-01-11 13:34

High-tech smartphone connections will give Chevrolet's Sparks and Sonics a whole new take on digital in-car entertainment.

Chevrolet's new Spark electric mini car will be a feature of the upcoming Geneva auto show ahead of reaching European showrooms in 2014.

Chev says its electric motor produces 96kW and 542Nm of torque and its battery pack can be fast-charged in 20 minutes.

The Spark EV, its maker says, will set a benchmark in performance for an urban battery car and “is powered by the most advanced electric motor and battery system General Motors has yet built”.

The car was first shown at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show.

‘MOBILITY SOLUTIONS’

Susan Docherty, MD of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, said: "The Spark EV is a fun-to-drive zero-emissions city car with intelligent connectivity. We believe it will resonate particularly in some of Europe's most technologically advanced markets.

“Just like the Volt, this nimble battery-powered vehicle is a proof of Chevrolet’s ingenuity in delivering smart mobility solutions."

The corporate media release goes on: “Its sports car-like acceleration and smooth, yet instantaneous, torque of 542Nm/96kW make the Spark EV a small car with enjoyable driving dynamics and it will enable 0-100km/h acceleration in less than 8.5 seconds.”

The current petrol model available in South Africa takes nearly twice that time.

Chev continues: “The Spark EV is expected to achieve an electric range that is among the best in its class (no distance given – Ed).The battery pack has been engineered to enable both regular alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging.

“DC fast-charging will allow the car to recharge to 80% of capacity in 20 minutes and the battery is capable of handling multiple DC fast charges daily. AC recharging requires between six to eight hours from a domestic plug.”

An instrument cluster mounted on the steering column carries two 18cm reconfigurable colour LCD screens while the cluster’s usual place in the centre has been inhabited by the infotainment and heating/ventilation controls and a display of energy-efficiency data.

REAR CAMERA, TOO

The Spark EV will come with radio technology that will allow users to connect smartphones to the sound system through a high-resolution touch screen. The ‘MyLink’ system will support a number of mobile apps to navigate using their smartphone and listen to radio stations from around the world through the internet.

A rear-view camera will be standard.

People with a compatible iPhone running iOS6 will be able to use Siri*, an advanced assist system, to perform a number of tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

* Siri requires Internet access and may not be available in all languages or in all areas and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

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