After three and a half years on the market, Chevy has axed the Spark EV from their 2017 lineup even though the Bolt EV was never meant to be its replacement.
General Motors has confirmed the discontinuation of their Spark model last month. First launched in the summer of 2013 for the 2014 model year and built in South Korea, the Spark EV was initially only sold in California and Oregon before hitting Maryland showrooms in 2015. That was probably why Chevy only sold around 7,400 Spark EVs since it was first introduced.
That’s around 2,000 units sold per year. While the number is higher than the 600 Bolts that were sold last December, the number has since almost doubled in January at around 1162 units. At this rate, GM could sell around 14,400 Bolts by the end of 2017 and maybe even hit their sales projection of 30,000 by year end.
Even though the Bolt was not supposed to replace the Spark, its predecessor with a measly 82 miles of electric range would not have been able to compete with the newer EV’s range of 238 miles. Sure it has a very reasonable starting price of just $13,000 but affordability would not have been enough to overcome a potential buyer’s range anxiety.
If you were to visit the Chevrolet website, you’ll find the Spark EV missing from its lineup.