Chevy Spark all-electric version scheduled for summer 2013 debut

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An all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark, which has 130 horsepower and is powered by an electric motor and a 20 kWh lithium ion battery, will go sale next summer in California, Oregon, Canada and in South Korea, where it’s manufactured.

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General Motors didn’t disclose the range of the electric Spark, but said the electric version of the popular entry level car, will accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than eight seconds.Chevy Spark all-electric version scheduled for summer 2013 debut 1

The price of the Spark also hasn’t been released, but it will be eligible for the $7,500
federal tax credit. The gas-operated Spark starts at $12,245, while the electric could cost nearly double the amount of its sibling.

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According to the Chevrolet, which is showcasing the Spark at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new all-electric car will also feature:

* SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, which can charge the battery to 80 percent of capacity in about 20 minutes. It can also be fully recharged in seven hours using a standard 240-volt outlet, or longer using a 120-volt outlet.

* Additional standard equipent: leather seats, GM’s OnStar safety system and a smartphone-based infotainment system, 10 air bags and electronic stability control.

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