In official GM-sponsored blog posts, Chevrolet highlighted brief info about its 2013 Spark EV suggesting it’s good for over 106 miles range, though actually, GM is not saying what the true range is.

The cars – camouflaged then driven in a caravan in open view and highlighted by a brief YouTube video – will build on lessons learned from the Volt, not to mention converted GM test mule EVs being evaluated in regions around the world.
Trista Schieffer, Chevrolet Spark EV lead development engineer prior to taking the electric Sparks out on the road. ( Photo by GM )

“The Camo's on, but we're inviting spy photographers and enthusiasts alike to come find us,” said Trista Schieffer, Lead Development Engineer, Chevrolet Spark EV.

The exotic locale for the most recent Spark EV parade, photo op, and shake-down run was through the wild streets of Southern California, where this vehicle will be targeted when launched in its initial limited production next year.

“Allow me to modify one of the best movie quotes of all time: ‘It's 106 miles to LA, we've got full battery charge, half a pack of twizzlers, it's dark … and we're wearing sunglasses - HIT IT!,’" she said.


The Spark EV will be Chevrolet's first production EV since the EV1, and the company says it will offer more such (not-so) sneak previews for the new car that uses A123 Systems lithium nanophosphate batteries, and sport an 85-kilowatt (114-horsepower) electric motor .

We’ve not heard what it will sell for, but will keep a look out for more news on Chevrolet’s battery powered city car.

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Opel To Enter Amperas In Monte Carlo Rally Starting Today




As Opel continues the launch of its sibling to the Chevy Volt, the European automaker said it will provide six Opel Amperas to compete in the international Rally Monte Carlo.

Their debut will be at the famous rally’s “Alternative Energy” version, which begins today (March 22) in Annecy-le-Vieux, Clermont-Ferrand and Lugano and is to finish three days from now in the capital of Monaco, Monte Carlo.

Although swathed in tradition by riding in the shadow of the Monte Carlo rally, vehicles in this special field must have a maximum of 115g/km CO2 output.

So, instead of observing cars pushed to the limits of acceleration and adhesion, fans will see around 150 entrants cover a certain distance, maintain a certain speed and use as little energy as possible.

But Opel is OK with that, as are many Europeans who are increasingly noticing automotive competitors race toward the mark of solving looming energy and emissions threats already widely perceived.

“Spectators will have the chance to see our electric cars in action under the challenging conditions the rally has to offer,” said Enno Fuchs, Opel’s Director E-Mobility.