Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Chris Demorro11
Spark EV Being Offered Outside California, Oregon?
Sales of the Chevy Spark EV were initially limited to just California and Oregon, but Chevy dealers as far east as Connecticut are showing Spark EVs in stock. Is GM quietly rolling out the Spark EV nationwide, or is this some inter-dealer swapping shenanigans?
Hybrid Cars reports that at least four Chevy dealers in Ohio show the Spark EV for sale, with some dealers claiming it’ll be available by the end of summer. Over at the GM-Volt forums, user flyingsherpa claims that a Chevy dealer in Milford CT had a lightly used one, procured from New York, and it appears to still be for sale. GM meanwhile is sticking to the company line that the Spark EV is still only for sale on the West Coast, but obviously a few have slipped through the cracks.
Granted, it’s not inconceivable that someone in New York paid to have a Spark EV shipped across the country, only to drive it for 2,200 miles and decide they didn’t like it. But it’s also not unfathomable that GM is testing the waters, making the Spark EV available to a handful of dealers whose customers have shown interest.
GM recently began building its own battery packs for the Spark EV, which could be a prelude to a national rollout. Unlike Toyota, GM doesn’t seem particularly concerned about a few errant EVs sneaking out of their pre-determined market, and by most accounts the Spark EV is an excellent take on the whole “compliance car” schtick.
What do you think? Will the Spark EV go nationwide soon, or is this just a case of a few exceptions?