GM Acknowledges Spark EV Has Ended Production

General Motors confirmed it will no longer manufacture any more Chevrolet Spark EVs, and that production stopped in the summer of 2016.

The automaker valued lessons learned from the Spark EV as it prepared to launch the Chevy Bolt in December.

“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.

Revealed in June 2013, the 2014 Spark EV was GM’s first mass production all-electric vehicle, though the company confirmed that only about 7,400 units were sold. The electric car with 82 miles of range was first sold only in California and Oregon, with Maryland added in spring 2015.

When GM unveiled the Bolt concept at the 2015 Detroit auto show, the company said it wouldn’t replace the Spark EV. That appears to have changed, though GM could stick to the claim with the Bolt offering nearly three times the range at 238 miles and more size and interior space.

In April of that year, GM cut the Spark EV price by $1,650 at just under $26,000 to spur sales. Built at a South Korea plant, the Spark EV is no longer listed as an available electric vehicle; and it wasn’t refreshed to match the front exterior of the 2017 Spark.

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HybridCar’s Dashboard reported that the Spark EV had 3,035 vehicles sold in the U.S. during the 2016 calendar year, up 15.4 percent over 2015 sales.

Ending Spark EV production brings GM’s current electrified vehicle offerings down to the Bolt all-electric, Volt plug-in hybrid, and Malibu Hybrid, Ligouri said.

GM has high hopes for the Bolt, which should surpass the Spark EV’s 7,400 units sold mark in the first half of this year. It sold less than 600 units in December with the launch. Chevrolet officials said last week that U.S. sales should reach 1,200 vehicles in January.

The Detroit News

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