This comes as little surprise, but Chevrolet has confirmed to The Detroit News that the company has killed off the electric version of its Spark small car. The Spark EV, launched in 2013, provided buyers with an EPA estimated 82 miles per charge, significantly less than the new Bolt EV.
Chevrolet says production of the Spark EV actually ended last summer. Subsequently production of the Bolt EV, which provides 238 miles of range, started towards the end of 2016. During the Bolt EV’s introduction in 2015, GM executives stated the Bolt EV would not replace the Spark EV.
The Spark EV was only offered for sale in California and Oregon originally, then Chevrolet added Maryland to the mix. Chevy says they have sold about 7,400 Spark EV’s since its introduction to the market in June 2013. Currently the Bolt EV is only offered in California and Oregon as well, but is slated to be on sale nationwide by September of this year.
At last report the Spark EV wore a price tag of just under $26,000 after the company dropped the price slightly in April 2015 to attract more buyers. By contrast, the new Bolt EV starts at $37,495 before federal tax credits.
The move is likely a subtle admission that the new Bolt EV is a better value than the Spark EV, as well as a move to keep the spotlight solely on Chevy’s new darling EV.