A new electric car startup called Spark, which is based in Chicago, announced plans on Tuesday to bring an electric sedan to market.
Spark’s mission is to help parents “drive their kids safely and efficiently, and give them a safe, enjoyable, and affordable alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles,” according to its website.
The Spark will be powered by an electric motor that can go up to 500 miles per hour, and the company is currently testing the car on public roads.
The company is calling the Spark “the safest, most affordable, and most environmentally-friendly electric car in the world.”
The company’s CEO, Michael Schreiber, says the car’s battery can “handle the most extreme conditions in the harshest weather,” and that the car can be used as a daily driver for people who commute by car.
“The Spark is not only the most technologically advanced, but also the safest, the most affordable electric car on the market today,” Schreib said in a statement.
“You’ll be amazed at the difference a Spark makes on the road.”
The car’s $70,000 price tag will be made available through an online store on Wednesday.
Schreibus says the Spark is the first vehicle of its kind to offer “the best features, the safest design, and unparalleled safety in the marketplace.”
Spark has received backing from General Motors and Ford.
In March, Tesla launched its own electric sedan, the Model X, which it says has “the world’s best safety record,” and the Nissan Leaf.