2013 Chevrolet Spark

The electric car battle is heating up. The Nissan Leaf has been proving its worth for almost a year now, while up and coming models like the Mitsubishi iand the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid will bring some healthy competition to the EV marketplace. Now, Chevrolet plans to bring an all-new EV to market, as the automaker announced today that the Spark EV will be sold in select U.S. markets starting in 2013.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the Spark EV will operate solely on electric power. “The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet, in a press release. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.”

The Spark EV

The Chevrolet Volt was the automaker’s first plug-in car to hit the market when it went on sale last December. While the Volt can travel 35 miles on electric power before its gas engine kicks in, some sources suggest that the electric Spark’s range will be slightly higher. “The electric Spark will have a battery pack of roughly 20 kilowatt-hours capacity, just slightly higher than that of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric cars,” says Green Car Reports.

Chevrolet has yet to provide information such as price, release date and detailed specifications on the upcoming model.

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