2015 CHEVROLET SPARK EV: An “electrifying” Chevrolet model for 2015 is the Spark EV on display at the 107th annual Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 14-22, 2015. New this year is OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that includes 3GB/three-month data trial. This five-door, four-passenger urban mini car is front-wheel drive and powered by coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 130 horsepower for instant acceleration; and a more than 20-kWh lithium ion battery provides among the best EV range performance in its segment. Spark EV is the first all-electric vehicle in North America to offer optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, which can charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes. Using a dedicated 240V outlet, Spark EV recharges in less than seven hours. A common on-board charging receptacle accommodates all three charging platforms – DC Fast Charge, AC 240V and AC 120V. The ’15 Spark EV becomes the first time a U.S. automaker has built both a complete electric motor and drive unit for a modern electric vehicle in the United States. Spark EV’s long-life 560-pound square lithium-ion battery pack battery is designed to be safe, durable and reliable – warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles. Excellent news is that the electric-powered Spark EV is priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. Consumers have a choice from five exterior paint colors, including Electric Blue and Silver Ice. Inside, designers sought to create a comfortable and spacious cockpit with noise-reduction features, a combination of bright accents in Electric Blue and chrome, as well as two reconfigurable, hi-res seven-inch color LCD screens.
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