Chevrolet Kills Off The Spark EV In Favor Of The Bolt EV

Feb 03, 2017 10:05 PM EST | JP Olvido

Chevrolet is busy working on releasing its all-electric Bolt EV nationwide. Its other electric vehicle, the Spark EV, has been confirmed to have ended its production.

The Bolt EV to replace the Spark EV. Despite having said that the Bolt will not be replacing the Spark, the American car manufacturer confirmed the end of production for the latter. The last batch of Spark EVs got off the assembly line last year.

The Bolt EV has officially taken up the mantle of "compliance car" that the Spark EV use to have. The Spark EV was called the "compliance car' because it allowed Chevrolet to meet demands in a few states that required zero-emissions. "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," said Fred Ligouri, a spokesman for Chevrolet, to The Detroit News.

The Spark EV was launched back in 2013 as an environmentally-friendly car. It was aimed to appeal to millennials. However, when the Bolt EV was launched, it is difficult to justify the continued existence of the Spark EV as it just doesn't compare to the Bolt EV in terms of price and range.

The Bolt has a range of 200 miles on a single charge while the Spark only has 82. The Bolt's base price is around US$30,000 with a US$7,500 federal tax credit. The Spark, on the other hand, is only slightly less expensive at US$26,000.

Aside from the range and price, the Spark's sales weren't as stellar as expected. Since its launch, only around 7,400 Spark EV units were sold in California, Maryland, and Oregon which was the only states the vehicle was available in.

The Bolt is expected to be made available nationwide later this year. The car manufacturer expects sales to be close to 1,200 units.

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