GM motors in collaboration with the REVA Electric Car company have unveiled the e-Spark, a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The car was unveiled by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixhit. The BEV is based on the current Spark platform and is a four door hatchback with automatic transmission. The e-Spark is equipped with an intelligent Driver Display system that provides all the vital signals on the dashboard enabling better and safe driving. It has an electric drive AC motor that propels the car as soon as the accelerator is pressed. The e-Spark also has a regular drive mode and a boost mode, which provides added power through a high torque AC electric motor. It sports safety features similar to the Chevrolet Spark. The E-Spark is currently being tested for its driveability and will also have an intelligent energy management system to ensure proper charging of batteries and to provide electric power to the motor according to the driving style of the consumer. This system will also ensure maximum driving range in all conditions. The e-Spark will also have a Regenerative Braking System, wherein the charge will be circulated back to the battery each time the brakes are applied. Here is the original press release:
"Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit unveils GM Indias Plug-in Electric Car the e-Spark
New Delhi, Jan 7, 2010: The Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt.Sheila Dixit today unveiled General Motors Indias Electric Car (e-Spark) in New Delhi, in the presence of Mr. Karl Slym, President and MD of General Motors India and the Dy. Chairman of REVA Electric Car Company, Mr. Chetan Maini. The E-Spark has been manufactured by GM India in technical collaboration with REVA, pioneers in the electric car domain. This is in line with GM India and REVAs commitment to
introduce environment friendly mobility solutions in the country.
The e-Spark is GM Indias bold move into the Battery Electric Vehicle segment and will be Indias first 4-door Passenger Electric Vehicle. This is a path breaking initiative that has the ability to re-define how automotive companies in India working in partnership plan for future mobility solutions keeping the carbon footprints and environmental issues in mind. The e-Spark will be one of the leading platforms of GM in India in its Drive to Green initiative. The e-Spark is a domestic initiative of GM in India in collaboration with Reva Electric Car Company.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Karl Slym, President and Managing Director, GM India said, "GMs ability to develop platforms and REVAs capability in developing electric drive-trains and control systems will result in the consumer having a wider choice of EVs. We hope Central and State government will extend t he necessary support to develop the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and providing specific financial benefits to consumers, who make the choice to adopt
an environment-friendly mode of personal transport. We look forward to the support of the Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi in our Drive to Green initiative, Mr. Slym said. "