2016 Chevrolet Spark EV To Be Available In Ontario, Quebec And B.C., Canada

APR 10 2015 BY JAY COLE 20

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV was just made available in its third state this month in the United States (Maryland, California and Oregon), now General Motor’s tiny EV will be available in three provinces too, at least once the 2016 model year launches later this year.

Unlike The Chevrolet Volt, The Spark EV Can Charge Via L2 And DC Fast Charging (CCS)

Unlike The Chevrolet Volt, The Spark EV Can Charge Via L2 And DC Fast Charging (CCS)

Not coincidently, those three provinces are the ones boasting tax rebates from $5,000 up to $8,500 in Canada – Ontario ($8,500), Quebec ($8,000)and British Columbia ($5,000).

The Spark EV had previously only been available in Canada over the past 2 years to fleet customers, and from select dealers; however many used copies had been showing up on the market of late.

We’re expanding our electric vehicle offerings to our customers by offering the 2016 Spark EV for retail sales in the growing EV markets here in Quebec as well as in Ontario and BC,” said Chris Hay, regional director for Chevrolet.

“For city residents whose transportation needs can be met with an all-electric vehicle, Spark EV builds on Chevrolet’s proven electric motor and battery development programs from the Chevrolet Volt.”

The 2016 Spark EV still comes fitted with a 18.4 kWh lithium battery pack supplied by LG Chem, in place of the 21 kWh pack that was supplied by A123 on the 2014 editions.  However, thanks to a new “more efficient” system, the all-electric Spark still retains its 82 mile (121 km) range.    A GM-built motor now puts out 327 lb-ft (444Nm)of torque, which makes the trip to 60 mph from a standstill take just 7.2 seconds.

What Canadian Demand For The Chevrolet Spark EV Will Be Is Anyone's Guess - But We Will Find Out

What Canadian Demand For The Chevrolet Spark EV Will Be Is Anyone’s Guess – But We Will Find Out

General Motors has yet to disclose pricing on the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV in Canada or the United States.

The company also has yet to announce when the 2016 Spark EV will be available in either country, as it will not be getting the new model refresh that its petrol brother will receive next year.

Lots Of Torque = Quick Trips To 60 MPH For The Chevy Spark EV

Lots Of Torque = Quick Trips To 60 MPH For The Chevy Spark EV

Instead the ‘old’ Spark EV will be produced simultaneously with the ‘new’ standard spark; at least for a little while, as a GM spokesperson alluded to InsideEVs from the New York Auto Show this past month.

“The Spark EV will continue on the current generation Spark platform until its already scheduled end of production.  We will not provide any additional details on timing of a replacement at this time.”

According to our sources, General Motors has scheduled the 2016 Spark EV to return to production at its South Korean production facility in early August.

We predict GM will make as many as they believe they will need to in order reach production of the new, 200 mile Chevrolet Bolt in October of 2016 late this summer, then turn off the Spark EV’s line forever.  Look for the 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV to land at US (and possibly Canadian dealerships) in early October.

Hat tip to Guy!


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20 Comments on "2016 Chevrolet Spark EV To Be Available In Ontario, Quebec And B.C., Canada"

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“then turn off the Spark EV’s line forever”
I think the name is too good for it not to live another life as some kind of future plug-in.

Same goes for the Buick Electra.

I hope they continue to offer the spark ev alongside the bolt. Having a $40k dollar 200mile car in their lineup is great for single car family’s but for people like me with more than one car, having a smaller cheaper “city” option is still a good car to offer. I only drive 20-100km a day in my car why would I want to pay more for a bolt to get a heavier, probably slower car for $15-20k more?

That’s why I wish GM would offer the Bolt in different battery levels. Let people buy as much battery as they want. You would go less than 200 miles, maybe 100 miles, and I would probably go the other direction towards 300 miles.

The problem is obviously packaging for adding more battery, but they should easily be able to take battery out and reduce the price for those that want it.

technically, this is an interesting idea; i’m not so sure that it is such a good idea from a marketing perspective, though. one of the things that you do when you offer multiple products is to try to give people incentives to move to higher price points. so you tend to segments products. for example, you try to incentivize people to buy more expensive cars with better design and more features than you see in lower cost cars. one of the problems with the BMW i3 is that it looks like cars that sell for half its price.

so using traditional approaches, i would expect that you would see lower cost cars, with lower cost feature sets with lower EV range and a separate set of higher priced cars with higher priced feature sets with more EV range.

so while yours is technically a good idea, from a marketing perspective, it blurs market segments and could possibly lead to product dilution since many people would probably be hesitant to pay a premium price for a car where other people are driving the same car for half the price.

I think multiple battery sizes per EV type (2-3, not 10 (-: ) is pretty much a given, considering how expensive and heavy batteries are.

While relatively few people might want to do a 3000mi cross-country trip in the smallest EVs (i-MiEV, Spark), so a single urban-range battery size might be enough, this isn’t true for larger (compact, midsize and fullsize) vehicles.

Only reason this hasn’t happened so far (except for Tesla S) is that sales volume was really small, but I expect this to change starting with the next gen of BEVs (Bolt, Leaf 2).

Multiple battery sizes works for Tesla. And that would be the only difference. Everyone seeing you drive down the road wouldn’t know whether you had 20kWh in the car or 40kWh. Customers would only be paying for the extra battery. Sort of like iPods. You can get a 16G, 32G, or 64G. No one knows what you have until that ask.

Well, yes and no. Larger battery packs not only provide more range; they also allow faster charging and more power. With more power available, it makes sense to put a more powerful motor and inverter into the EV. Perhaps also a more powerful onboard charger.

Sure, they -could- limit power output (and charging speed) to the same level with larger battery packs, but why do so? Americans, Germans and at least some others put a premium on fast acceleration.

So that makes it closer to the equivalent of a gas guzzler with an optional bigger motor being part of a premium package of options on the car.

Larger batteries don’t provide faster charging. As an example, charge a 20kWh battery at 40kW, or a 40kWh battery at 80kW.

Both batteries finish charging in 30 minutes.

That depends on how you define faster. Your example shows that you get twice the range in the same time or conversely the same range in half the time. Either way you are getting more charge/time.

“The company also has yet to announce when the 2016 Spark EV will be available in either country, as it will NOT be getting the new model refresh that its petrol brother will receive next year.”

There comments …

1. Bad move not using new larger body style for 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV. It going to make potential customers question if realy the 2016 model when compare to the IC versions reworked dynamic body style.

2. Can’t realy say available in the United States when available in only 3 of lower 48 statea (Maryland, California and Oregon). North of boarder availability is a bit better, with availability in 3 of 10 provinces:
(Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia)

3. When production ends there will be NO American EVs produced that will offer the SAE CCS plug type. Only BMW and VW will offer EVs with the DC QC plug type. Raises question what infrastructure the Bolt will use when it arrives in 2018 and how much there will deployed with only German manufactures supporting deployments of the SAE CCS connector stations in the United States.

#1 – That would have been a lot of engineering to put the EV drivetrain into the new Spark when the Spark EV is being phased out anyway.

Regarding #3, Mark Reuss said there would be overlap with the Spark EV and the Bolt. So there will always be an American EV with CCS offered. (note the Spark is made in Korea, but the Bolt will be made in the US)

It’s better than it looks, since those three provinces account for 75% of the Canadian population and 96% of plug-in sales.

The Spark in its current form always was and only ever will be a compliance car. Unlike the Volt and Bolt, which are genuine volume production cars for the general market.

The Spark has done its job and that’s the end of it, regardless of whether the name is reused in the future. So no need to move the EV drive train into the new Spark platform.

I view this as a positive since GM is actually putting a long term production BEV plan in place with the Bolt. I don’t see than from many other compliance car makers, FCA being the one that comes first to mind.

3. Implementation of CCS units is trivial by anyone already building CHAdeMO; CCS units may actually be a bit cheaper in volume due to lower part count (internal AND external). Hence multiple 3rd-party builders offer dual-head units now, and should continue to do so.

Of course, the biggest cost in the future will be site work- boring, trenching, and compliant hookup of conduit, then fixing up things afterward.

Not as ugly as the earlier models.

Nice to see them expand the market a little. But selling in more states would certainly be welcomed.

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

I seem to remember reading that the current model was rated at 400+ lb-ft

Not the 2015 model with the LG Chem battery. http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-ev-electric-vehicle.html

Until the Chevy Bolt become a reality here in Canada, it would be an excellent opportunity for consumers to discover this little gem in the Chevy Spark EV.

Imho, it’ll fit perfectly between the Smart ED and the Nissan Leaf. Enjoy as much I enjoy mine !!

Good move on Chevy’s part, but in BC people lean more towards Japanese built or designed cars, which is why the LEAF does particularly well here.
Having said that, Chev could steal some sales with ‘loss leader’ pricing of the Spark, ’cause money does talk.