In the middle of all the noise about the Chevrolet Cruze, we missed this story. It now seems that the electric version of the Chevrolet Spark which General Motors is planning to launch in association with the Reva electric car company, will be named the Chevrolet Spark Electra.
The Reva Electric car company has launched two electric car models – the Reva NXR and the NXG – at the recently concluded Frankfurt Motor Show 2009 too much acclaim. Prior to the Frankfurt Motor show, it was revealed that the two companies had decided to work together to produce an electric version of the Chevrolet Spark.
During the launch of the Chevrolet Cruize, the Vice President of GM India had said that the Chevrolet Spark Electra will be launched in India in 12 months’ time. He added that while Reva will provide the technology, General Motors would do the engineering and manufacturing of the environment friendly cars.
The cars made by Reva never really became popular in India due to their and reasonably high prices. It did not help that the initial versions of the car suffered from low build quality. Government subsidies did not exist, and car suffered from limited range and power offered by the lead acid battery.
The new reva NXR and NXG changes things and moves on to better battery technology. I believe that General Motors thinks it can capitalise on the electric car experience of Reva in India. This might be India’s first ‘real’ electric car – Tata’s Indica electric is not likely to come to India anytime soon.
Anyway, there is no more information about the Chevrolet Spark Electra at this moment. In the course of the next year, we are sure to find enough leaks about the car with photos, specs and details trickling in. We can’t wait to see India’s first true electric car from GM!