The news comes from The Detroit News, who confirmed with a Chevrolet spokesperson the company stopped building the tiny electric hatchback in August 2016.
Whether the Spark EV was still in production is likely a question very few people were asking: as far as we can tell, it was only available in Canada to fleet buyers, and likely made up a very small percentage of Spark sales in this country.
Notably, at its 2014 launch, Chevrolet touted the Spark EV as the first electric vehicle with fast-charging capability, allowing its battery to be charged to 80 percent in just 20 minutes. The electric Spark’s range was about 130 km, a figure that pales next to the Bolt’s nearly 400-km ability.
In some ways, the Spark EV was the best version of the diminutive hatchback, its battery pack and electric motor joining forces to generate 130 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, figures far more impressive than the gasoline version’s 84 hp and 83 lb-ft.
The downsides were the electric powertrain never migrated into the more-refined second-generation Spark’s chassis; and that the Spark EV’s MSRP was more than $30,000 before regional green vehicle incentives, nearly double that of the gas-powered version.
In the U.S., the Spark EV was widely considered a “compliance car” – see: the practically invisible Ford Focus EV – one that allowed Chevrolet to cut its corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) in a vehicle lineup heavy with thirstier crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. American Spark EV sales were limited to California, Oregon, and Maryland.
Like other Spark models, the EV was built in South Korea and then shipped to Michigan, where GM assembly workers plugged in the car’s battery pack and electric motor drivetrain.
(via the Detroit News)