Chevy Kills the Cheapest Way to Get 400 lb-ft of Torque

The 82-mile, all-electric Chevrolet Spark EV died a quiet death in the summer of 2016, and no one cares. 

After three years on the market in California, Oregon and Maryland, the Spark EV’s death was precipitated by the incoming of Chevy’s latest-and-greatest, the 238-mile Bolt EV in December of 2016.

“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 told the Detroit News. When the Bolt was first shown at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show officials believed the two vehicles could co-exist, but after 7,400 sales, something obviously changed.

GM did cut the price of the Spark EV in April of 2015 in an effort to induce sales; priced at just under $26,000 before incentives, the little EV was one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on 400 lb-ft of torque, an absurd figure for an A-segment hatchback.

It’s likely the Bolt will outsell the Spark EV in just its first year on the market. In January Chevy expects 1,200 Bolts to find new homes in California and Oregon alone, before GM rolls them out nationally later this year.

 

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