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[ New Chevy, Fiat EVs Unveiled at the LA Auto Show ]

The Los Angeles International Auto Show is showcasing the debut of two high-profile electric vehicles (EV), the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV and the 2013 FIAT 500e.

The Spark, introduced by General Motors on November 27, is a five-door urban mini car using a lithium-ion battery pack, and will be priced at under $25,000 with tax incentives. The electric motor delivers 130 horsepower, or more than 100 kilowatts (kW). Spark EV recharges in less than seven hours when using a dedicated 240-volt outlet, but the Spark EV is also offered with an optional SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, which can charge the battery to 80% of capacity in about 20 minutes. The EV builds on Chevrolet’s experience producing the Volt. The car will initially be available in California, Oregon, Canada, and selected overseas markets. See the General Motors press release.

The FIAT 500e is equipped with a 111 horsepower (83 kW) electric-drive motor and relies on a lithium-ion battery. The 500e uses a blended braking system with a mix of regenerative brakes and standard hydraulic brakes, which allow the motor to generate electricity. The car can recharge in four hours with a Level 2 charger. See the Fiat Blog post.

The Los Angeles Auto Show runs through December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. See the Los Angeles Auto Show website.

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