Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lithium Drive: 2014 Chevy Spark EV and The Electrification Experience

"Eco Auto Journalist Eric Novak received an invite from General Motors to participate in an event put on by GM called the Electrification Experience. The event features a chance to ride the new 2014 Chevy Spark EV 2 weeks before launch as well as the opportunity to learn more about how GM will make electrification of its vehicles a main strategy in its goal to produce a leaner and greener fleet."

  It is an Education Time for Electric Cars. Tesla Model S will turn the heads on the street, but we need EV mass market, which can be started with 200 miles Range and the price below $20,000. We are getting there with Every Electric Car on the street - mass volume will bring the prices for Lithium Batteries down.

  Consolidation in the Lithium Industry is well under way now and still under the Radar Screen of the Street - we must add. Recent bankruptcies of a number of Lithium Battery Makers will transfer the Technology to the new owners, who will buy years of R&D for pennies on the dollar. The Technological Race will continue and we Do Not Know who will win it. 
  That is why we are investing in The Sugar Business here. We Do Not know - who will produce The Next Coca-Cola in this business, but All Soda Makers Need Sugar, All Lithium Battery Makers will need Lithium.
  You can just have a look what People with Money and Vision are doing now here. Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies are all over the place securing Strategic Assets for the Next Industrial Revolution based on Electric Cars. We have never invested in any Lithium Battery maker, but Lithium Developers is Our Next Big Thing here and Tesla Motors stands as The Apple among all other Fruits involved in this business.

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence. Tesla Model S. Powered by Lithium.

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AutoBlogGreen: Chevy Spark EV unveiled, priced under $25K with tax incentives
The last veil has been lifted from the 2014 Chevy Spark EV, allowing us to finally view the Korean import in all its aero-optimized glory. While we aren't much surprised by its appearance – the prototype in our First Drive wore only the thinnest of camo disguises – we were a bit taken aback by the announced pricing.

Customers will need to scrounge up almost $25,000 to park GM's first purchasable (you could only lease its predecessor, the EV1) all-electric automobile in their driveways. That's just under $32,500 for those who don't qualify for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit. Or, to put it another way, almost double the base price ofthe gasoline-powered version after the federal incentive.In the context of other available electrics, that puts it well below the after-incentive $32,495 for the Ford Focus EV, but substantially higher than the $21,625 needed to bring home a Mitsubishi i. More importantly, it puts it dangerously close to the Nissan Leaf's current post-credit $27,700 pricetag, and perhaps even above the cost of the 2013 American-built model.Luckily, GM isn't betting the farm with the Spark EV. With its US rollout expanded only slightly from California to include Oregon, the peppy little hatch should find enough buyers to suit its compliance purposes. And, like its plug-in Chevy Volt sister, the Spark shouldn't be seen as a means to an end in itself, but rather a starting point towards further electrification options for future models.To get all the details – except, oddly enough, the estimated range expected from its 20-plus kilowatt-hour battery pack – check out the official press release below."
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