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This is the Chevrolet Spark EV, one of the cars at the centrestage of Chevrolet’s exhibit at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show. This is it’s first motorshow appearance in the country where it will be made – production is starting in South Korea this month. It first made an appearance at the LA show in 2012. Yes, despite Chevrolet being an American brand, you could say they’re ‘domestic’ in China, as the many smaller Chevy cars actually originate from GM’s South Korean Daewoo subsidiary.

The Chevrolet Spark EV is powered by a permanent magnet electric motor delivering over 130 hp/100 kW and 541 Nm. 0 to 100km/h sprint is taken care of in under 8.5 seconds, with an electric range that is said to be “among the best in its class” thanks to a lithium ion battery system. No exact figure has been announced, but expect it to be in the 160-200 km range. Recharging time will take 6 to 8 hours for a 230V AC outlet, with DC fast charging capability up to 80% capacity within 20 minutes.

Since the Mitsubishi i-MIEV is already in Malaysia, with the Nissan Leaf and Renault Fluence EV coming soon, how about bringing the Spark EV to Malaysia, Naza Quest?