PEV Infrastructure USA 2012, Chevy Spark Being Launched

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.





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