New Chevy Spark EV to go on sale next year in Oregon
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The new Chevrolet Spark electric car will debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Click through to see more details and learn more about the car.
General Motors is unveiling its new electric car, the Chevrolet Spark, this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. When it goes on sale next summer, it will only be available for U.S. purchase in California and Oregon.
The car will be Chevy's first all-electric vehicle. The much-discussed Chevrolet Volt runs in all-electric mode but comes with a back-up gas engine.
The 2014 Spark, a tiny hatchback that will boast big technology — the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the car will offer Apple's virtual assistant, Siri, and recharge its batteries in 20 minutes. It will also carry a relatively diminutive price tag: less than $25,000 after the U.S. federal tax credit is taken into consideration.
If the Spark's debut plays out as planned — GM is saying it will go on sale at select dealerships in California, Oregon, Canada and South Korea where the car is made — it will add to Oregon's reputation as the test market of choice for new electric vehicles.
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At this time last year, Oregon was being named as the test market for the Honda Fit EV, which made its debut last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Annalisa Bluhm, a spokeswoman for General Motors, said Oregonians should see Spark EVs on the streets starting sometime next summer.
"When you're looking at where to go in terms of markets, infrastructure is critically important, but it's really all about adoption," Bluhm said.
She said that Oregonians had proven to be enthusiastic electric vehicle consumers and that Chevrolet has been pleased with the pace of sales of the Chevy Volt at Oregon dealerships.
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