Chevrolet will start rolling out to dealerships in Maryland its battery electric version of the Spark city car, with the state being the model’s first East Coast entry and third state overall in the US.
The minicar was introduced back in 2013 in California and Oregon and now the company is also mulling the expansion to Maryland due to it being a “strong commuter market” and having a better charging infrastructure than others – according to a General Motors statement. Coming from a partial year of sales back in 2013, last year’s full availability lead to sales surging 87 percent to a total of 1,145 units in 2014 – the minicar can travel an estimated 82 miles on a single charge. “Customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland,” commented Steve Majoros, Chevy’s director of car marketing. The 2015 Spark EV can be had with a sticker price of $27,645 and is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and Maryland state tax subsidies – lowering the net price to around $18,000, according to General Motors. Dealers wanting to sell the Spark EV need to go through a retooling and service certification process, with dealership service technicians taken through Chevy’s service-training certification as well.
At the moment, the Spark EV is General Motors lone fully-electric model – the other two alternative powered cars in the group (Chevrolet Volt and two-door sibling Cadillac ELR) being plug-in hybrids. During last week’s media preview of the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the No. 1 US automaker also showed off a concept version of the Chevrolet Bolt. The production ready version of the new model, allegedly coming in 2017 should have a range of 200 miles on a charge and cost around $30,000 after tax incentives.
Via Automotive News