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Posting information about the Spark EV in this thread as it becomes available, keep checking back for more info :)
Here's what I have and know about it for now:

2014 Spark EV Pictures

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Cutaway Pictures

A First look at the digital instrument cluster in the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Informational video on the Pure Electric 2014 Chevy Spark EV


Spark EV Facts:

- Driven by an oil-cooled permanent magnet motor with coaxial drive unit
- Power: 100 kW which is equal to 134HP & 400 lb-ft Torque
- 0-60mph, under 8 seconds
- Lithium-ion battery pack with about 20 kWh mounted under the rear seat bench
- Eight Years/100 000 miles lithium-ion battery warranty
- Industry-first SAE combo charger capable of charging the battery up to 80 percent in approx 20 minutes
- Full charge in less than seven hours using a 240V Charge
- Manage & Monitor battery remotely by using a smart phone application offered by OnStar
- Spark EV's battery has undergone more than 200 000 hours of testing!
- More than 75 percent of the propulsion system components on the Spark EV are sourced from the Chevrolet Volt
- Production begins in the U.S. in early 2013. Sales start in California next summer.

Changes from the Gasoline Spark
For the parts you can see, the Spark EV looks rather similar to a conventional Spark. There are a few minor cosmetic changes, almost entirely made in the name of aerodynamics: There’s a rear spoiler, underbody air management, active grille shutters, and smoother front and rear fasciae. A keen eye could spot wider rear tires. The interior isn’t much different either, which switches for a few more features and a standard infotainment system, but there’s no difference in volume or space, and no bulges in the rear floor.

Under the skin, though, things are very different. All told, the battery pack adds about 560 pounds to the Spark, requiring accommodation not just for the space it takes up but the weight it adds to the rear. As a result, the Spark’s entire suspension has been redone, with different springs and damping up front and a major redesign in the rear to accommodate for the battery pack, featuring a new rear axle and torsion beam. Considering electric motors and systems put out higher-frequency sounds than gasoline engines, different isolation is used.

Features
The Spark EV isn’t meant to be a high-end car, so it won’t be absurdly loaded, but it will carry a solid complement of features. Automatic headlights and heated front seats are standard, as is the normally optional—and very good—touch-screen media system, which in essence just displays apps from your smartphone. GM and OnStar are rolling out several smartphone apps for the Spark EV, too, for tracking energy use, paying for charging at public stations, and scheduling home charging.
 

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Pricing and Availability
Not yet and not yet. GM is looking to be competitive with other pure EVs on pricing, and we’re guessing an MSRP in the high $20,000s—and that’s before the $7500 federal tax credit. The availability is the bigger concern. General Motors is insistent that the Spark EV isn’t being built just to satisfy the government, as are some other vehicles—those would be the Fiat 500E and Scion iQ EV, among others—but so far, sales are only planned for California and South Korea, where the Spark is assembled. We do expect to see 50-state sales for the Spark EV eventually, though, and GM will be offering an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the battery pack.
 

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Doing some quick math, low $20k's is what we can expect to pay for the Spark EV after the tax credit, which is AMAZING. That will push a lot of people to get a Spark EV.. Only downside is infrastructure for electric cars. But the household chargers should do well for now.
 

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The specs are good. I heard carbon fiber will be used a lot in the future by car makers so chances are this Spark EV can get even lighter. Shouldn't be too hard to shave off 200LBS with carbon fiber body parts
Spark EV Specifications:

BASE PRICE
$30,000 (est)*
VEHICLE LAYOUT
Front-motor, FWD, 4-pass, 4-door hatchback
MOTOR
134-hp (est)/400-lb-ft (est) permanent-magnet AC electric TRANSMISSION 1-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT
3000 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE
93.5 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT
144.7 x 62.9 x 61.0 in
0-60 MPH
8.0 sec (mfr est)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON
N/A
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY
N/A
CO2 EMISSIONS
0.00 lb/mile (at tailpipe)
RANGE
73+ miles (mfr)
ON SALE IN U.S.
Summer 2013 (California)

 

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The specs are good. I heard carbon fiber will be used a lot in the future by car makers so chances are this Spark EV can get even lighter. Shouldn't be too hard to shave off 200LBS with carbon fiber body parts

Thats a good idea actually, Chevy should look into including carbon fiber parts on the Spark in the future. Maybe even offer it as a package as carbon fiber won't be super cheap right away, it'll take some time.
 

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Thats a good idea actually, Chevy should look into including carbon fiber parts on the Spark in the future. Maybe even offer it as a package as carbon fiber won't be super cheap right away, it'll take some time.
CF is a great idea but i think it's far from making it's way to a super cheap car like the spark, it still has to be affordable even with CF. This might start to happen late into the spark's first generation IF it does happen....i wouldn't expect it tho.
 

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$25 000 is fair, just about what people pay for a top trim entry level compact sedan, the Spark EV is probably just as nice for the same price but just an EV.
 
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