General Motors signed an MoU with Reva Electric last year, to produce electric car models in India. General Motors showcased the Chevrolet Spark Electric model at the Delhi Auto Expo 2010. The model was designed for Indian customers. According to a recent statement from General Motors India, the Chevrolet Spark Electric will be on schedule.
Chevrolet Spark Electric will be available to customers by the end of 2010 or early 2011. The all new Chevrolet Spark Electric would be the first electric four- door car in the country. Speaking on the launch, Reva deputy chairman Chetan Maini said "The GM Chevrolet Spark Electric project is on schedule and we are likely to be ready with a pilot version of the e-Spark by the end of 2010." On the sidelines of the All India Management Association awards in New Delhi, he added, "General Motors will initially produce 5000 units of Chevrolet Spark Electric".
Speaking on the launch, Karl Slym, GM India president & managing director said, "I am sure other models would end up having alternative proportions eventually whether it's the Beat or Chevrolet Volt. It's (e-Spark) not just a test exercise. I can assure there will more and more electric vehicles on the road eventually and we (GM) will have to be amongst that."
In addition to the launch of the Chevrolet Spark Electric, General Motors is also contemplating to upgrade its hatchbacks and sedans to electric platform. Based on the response to the Chevrolet Spark Electric next year, it would finalize the course of action for the next generation of electric models.
By: Amrith K.A.
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