U.S. assembly makes sense for the Chevrolet Spark EV because its lithium-ion battery cells are being supplied by A123 Systems.
John Voelcker - GREENCARREPORTS
- October 25, 2011
Another "US" built EV to enter the fray. Which of the other EVs will be its main competition? --Ed.
Two weeks ago, Chevrolet unveiled its 2013 Spark minicar and confirmed that it would offer a Spark EV all-electric model--a story GreenCarReports broke the night before.
But within a few days, an intriguing question came up: Where does GM plan to build its first new all-electric car since the late lamented EV1?
The sole global assembly plant for gasoline and diesel models of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is in Changwon, South Korea. But a spokesman for GM Korea told WardsAuto that the company had no prototype Spark EV on site, and that the final assembly site had not been decided.
We think there's a simple answer to the question: GM will import rolling Spark vehicles without powertrains (known as "gliders") from Korea to the U.S., and add battery packs, electric motors, and power electronics at an... [Read More]