Production of the Chevrolet Spark EV has come to an end or has ended in fact. GM has recently confirmed that they will instead focus on the recently launched Bolt EV. It seems the 2014 compact car was out of the Bolt's league.
General Motors Inc. has indeed confirmed that their production of the Chevrolet Spark EV has ended in the summer of 2016. But the company did not provide an official explanation as to why they axed the electric compact vehicle from their lineup.
Detroit News reported that Fred Ligouri, a Chevrolet spokesperson said: "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." The automaker has since removed the Chevrolet Spark EV from its consumer website.
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The Chevrolet Spark EV was a 2014 model, although it made its debut in June 2013 and ran for nearly 3 years before going into the shadows. The Spark EV has a few limitations when compared with the recently released Bolt EV.
Since it is a compact vehicle, its tiny size was one major factor. But perhaps its biggest limitation is that it only had an 82-mile maximum range. The Chevrolet Spark EV was packed with 19kWh lithium-ion battery and was rated at 140 hp with a 400lb-ft of torque driving the front wheels, per MotorTrend.
On the other hands, the Bolt EV has a 238-mile range, almost triple as that of the Spark EV. This is due to its 60-kWh lithium-ion battery, making it more practical. Plus, the Bolt is also equipped with new tech.
According to TechCrunch, the Chevrolet Spark EV was only sold in 3 states in the US and sold only 7,400 vehicles since its outing back in 2013. When it comes to pricing, of course, the Bolt EV is much expensive.
The Chevrolet Spark EV started at around $26,000 then, whereas the Bolt came out in 2015 priced around $37,496 MSRP in the US. But this time, Chevrolet intends to launch the Bolt EV worldwide.