Rumors that the Chevrolet Spark EV is destined to be more than a compliance car?
The Chevrolet Spark EV is currently not a big seller – it has sold just 551 units through May, and is only available in EV-friendly California and Oregon as a so-called “compliance car” to satisfy zero-emission vehicle mandates. Last month, though, we reported that the Spark EV was getting an unexpected battery overhaul for the 2015 model just a year into its life while maintaining its rated 82 miles of range.
The significance of the change was that the battery, now smaller and with cells supplied by LG Chem like the Volt and Cadillac ELR, was being brought in-house to be assembled in the same Brownstone facility as its electric cousins. At the time, it seemed innocent enough; a logical move to bring down costs by using smaller packs and consolidating the company’s battery production. But was this upgrade hinting at a future expansion of the Spark EV to other markets?
GM says no, Midwest auto dealers say yes