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Is 200-Mile Electric Car Coming from GM?

GM CEO's announcement of 'better than 50/50 chance' of developing an electric car with 200 miles range generates its own buzz.

Published: 18-Aug-2012

By Jim Motavalli

Around this time next year, General Motorswill unveil its first all-electric car since the EV-1. It’s a battery version of the Spark mini-car that’s hitting the showrooms now. In both gas and electric versions, the Spark is something of a pioneer. GM has never sold tiny A-Class vehicles in the American market, and it’s never before gone mainstream with an electric—the EV1 never made it out of California and Arizona.

To say that many questions remain about the Spark EV is putting it mildly. To begin with, GM rushed out its announcement of the car late on a Friday afternoon, as if it wanted to minimize press coverage. GM damped down expectations as much as it could: “It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California,” the company said. You can almost feel the energy draining out of that.

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