The Chevy Spark has come a long way from conception to prototyping to realization. Based on the Chevy Beat concept car, which was unveiled at the 2007 New York International Auto Show, the Spark was codenamed the M300 and was designed by GM Daewoo in South Korea. It has several monikers in the International markets, but in the US, we call it the Spark EV.
According to a recent article from MSNBC, the Spark will go on sale (in limited quantities, while supplies last) here and Internationally beginning in 2013. The definite sales point in the United States is California, but there’s a good chance some of those cars will make their way over to New York. This could mean a really cool and (sporadically, if not readily) available car for drivers with habitual driving routines.
As quoted from Jim Federico, Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles at Chevrolet:
The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option. It compliments Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.
According to CNBC, GM’s goal for 2011 was to sell 10,000 Chevy Volts, but only managed to sell around 3,900.
GM still believes that hybrid and all-electric cars are still a viable avenue for development in the future – and with good reason. A recent Lundberg survey has reported that gas prices in the United States have increased by twelve cents per gallon over the past three weeks. This would be the first recorded increase since mid-October.
For a short while, it seemed as though the rising gas prices had leveled off for a bit, but it is clear that the increasing demand and dwindling supply of crude oil is a concern that isn’t going to go away. As technology advances and hybrid and all-electric vehicles are produced more often and with greater efficiency, prices will drop and it will become an increasingly viable option for many in the United States. I think most would agree that a future in which you never had to go to a gas pump, could simply plug your car into an outlet at night is much more preferable to the constant increase of cost at the pump.
For many Americans, realization of this dream is many years away, but with companies like GM dedicated to producing hybrid and all-electric vehicles in mass quantities, the day that we can all drive efficient and economic cars while simultaneously decreasing pollution is getting nearer and nearer.