Chevy axes Spark EV in favor of Bolt EV

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

Palo Alto, Calif. — General Motors Co. confirmed it has ended production of the Chevrolet Spark EV, a minicar that provided 82 miles of electric range.

The Detroit automaker said last week that production of the Spark EV ended in summer 2016. The car rolled out as a 2014 model in June 2013 and ran through the 2016 model year. The move came as Chevy in December began selling the 2017 Bolt EV, providing 238 miles of electric range.

“We’re excited to build on the great experience of our electrification program, including Spark EV, to introduce the first affordable, long range electric vehicle, the Bolt EV,” Chevrolet spokesman Fred Ligouri said.

In early 2015, when GM introduced the Bolt concept at the Detroit auto show, executives said the Bolt likely would not replace the Spark EV.

Ligouri said Chevy sold about 7,400 Spark EVs. Originally the car was sold only in California and Oregon; in spring 2015 GM added a third state with Maryland.

The Bolt EV also launched in California and Oregon, but roll-out is expanding nationally this year. Bolt EV sales for December totaled less than 600, but Chevrolet officials last week said the brand expects sales will total about 1,200 in the U.S. for January.

In April 2015, GM cut the price on the 2015 Spark by $1,650 to just under $26,000 to help grow sales. The South Korean-built Spark EV is no longer listed on the Chevy website as an available electric vehicle.

The brand is focusing its electric vehicle lineup on the Volt plug-in hybrid, the Bolt EV and the Malibu Hybrid, Ligouri said. The Bolt EV begins at $37,495 before a $7,500 federal income tax credit is factored.

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