General Motors is oftentimes its own worst enemy, though the older I get the more I come to appreciate their devotion to technology, if not their boneheaded, bottom line-driven decisions. The Chevy Spark EV is a great example of a car more people would buy, if only they could, as sales are limited to just California, Oregon, and Maryland. Despite such limited availability though, GM sold 926 Spark EVs last month, which is more than the outgoing Chevy Volt, reports Forbes. Now imagine if it was available nationwide?
While Spark EV sales have never been too terribly impressive due to their limited availability, a recent price cut of $1,625 brought the MSRP down to just $25,995. Mix in the $7,500 federal tax and state-level incentives ($2,500 in California, $2,300 in Maryland, and perhaps as much as $3,000 in Oregon), and the price could fall to as little as $15,995. That’s a hard deal to pass up on an electric car offering 400 lb-ft of torque and driving dynamics that are superior to its gas-powered cousin.
GM could have an EV-hit on its hands, especially since the 200-mile Chevy Bolt isn’t due out for another two years at the soonest. Even with sales limited to just three states (two of which aren’t exactly EV hotbeds), the SPark EV outsold the Volt (906 sales) and isn’t that far behind the Nissan LEAF (1,553), a vehicle available in every state in the union.
Now imagine if the Chevy Spark EV was available throughout the country? I sure as hell would be looking into one; the wife and I were just discussing trading in our Chevy Sonic for a Nissan LEAF, but I’d definitely consider the Spark EV (even though its smaller than my Sonic) if it were an option in Connecticut
But hasn’t opened the doors to the Spark EV outside of the three aforementioned states. I guess I’ll just have to wait for the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model III instead.