On Wednesday, October 12, General Motors introduced its latest foray into the electric vehicle market, according to CNN.
Unlike the earlier Chevy Volt the company introduced last year, the new Chevy Spark EV will be entirely electric with no second engine. The vehicle falls into the mini-car category, around the same size as the Mini Cooper.
A gas-powered version of the car goes on sale next year, but the fully-electric Spark is expected to hit the U.S. in early 2013, though little is known about the car’s specifications.
“EVs can be a sound solution for customers living in megacities and urban centers,” Jim Federico, a GM global vehicle line executive, told Bloomberg. “The technology is ideal for smaller vehicles like the Spark. It can provide a viable solution in markets where the infrastructure is more mature.”
Nevertheless, the company has seen slow sales for its current electric model, with only 4,000 Volts sold since they were introduced. The company expects sales to grow as the car enters more markets, but initial forecasts were around 10,000 by the end of 2011.