General Motors’ newest plug-in vehicle will arrive next summer, when the 2014 Chevy Spark EV arrives in California showrooms. GM has announced that the 2014 Chevy Spark EV will not only be one of the quickest models in its segment, but it will also be offered with new fast-charge capability that can recharge the Spark EV’s battery up to 80 percent in only 20 minutes.

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Range anxiety is one of the biggest inconveniences with most electric vehicles, but the Spark EV will help alleviate some of that anxiety with its new SAE combo charger. Rather than take hours to recharge its battery, the new charger that allows DC Fast Charging will give the Spark EV a much longer range than many other electric vehicles.

“What we think customers will enjoy most is how fun Spark EV is to drive; it’s seamless and power is available at every stage of the drive,” Spark EV Chief Engineer Chuck Russell said. “This will help us to provide an exciting option for those customers who are looking for an EV that’s as much fun to drive as it is environmentally responsible.”

The 2014 Spark EV is powered by a 130 horsepower electric motor and 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that will accelerate the Spark EV from 0-60 mph in less than eight seconds. The Spark EV will officially debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, later this month.

+ General Motors