Green Automotive Digest once again attended the annual meeting of electric vehicle infrastructure leaders representing the Big 3: automakers, utilities, and infrastructure providers. As for highlights from the conference… Qualcomm Halo is a company to watch, bringing wireless charging stations to European markets and soon to North America… While March plug-in electric vehicles were ruled to be low in sales, the real trend may have to do with plug-in electric vehicles (Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius Plug-In) doing much better than battery electric vehicles (Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i Car)… Level 1 charging is very popular in overseas markets like Europe while Level 2 is what’s pervasive here, soon to be joined by a lot of DC faster chargers.
Volt’s Cousin Spark Expected to be Born Next Year: Chevy Volt will be gaining its first GM cousin in the EV family (living cousin, the EV1 is long gone). The Chevrolet Spark mini car ICE version comes out later this year, and an EV version goes on sale sometime in 2013. GM is yet to shed light on the specs – range, battery size, or price. (The non-electric version will sell for around $13,000.) It’s currently being tested out at GM’s R&D center in Torrance, Calif. GM has been silent about its EV product lineup, only to say that several more will be coming out, a few of them based on the Volt’s powertrain.