New 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV At Select Dealerships Now

JUN 17 2013 BY STATIK 35

First announced for production in October of 2011, InsideEVs can report that the first batch of Spark EV have now been delivered to select California dealers starting today (Monday, June 17th).

Also A Big Feature In California:  HOV Access

Also A Big Feature In California: HOV Access

About three months ago, after speaking with Chevrolet rep Annalisa Bluhm, we brought you the news that the Spark EV’s arrival was tracking to begin a few months earlier than the “late summer” that had been (and ironically still is) estimated on GM’s corporate website.

 “The cars will be in dealerships by July if all goes to plan” – Annalisa Bluhm , March 25th, 2013

Now with boots on the ground in California, we can report at least three dealerships have the Spark EV in inventory today.  Specifically Keyes Chevrolet, in Los Angeles,  Connell Chevrolet in Costa Mesa, and Bunnin Chevrolet in Culver City.

We assume this means the Spark EV will also be available elsewhere in the state imminently, and very shortly in Oregon – the Spark EV’s other initial market.

Update (Thursday, June 20th, 2013)We count at least 13 dealers now currently with in-stock Spark EVs…so distribution is happening fast now

GM has yet to commit to any timeline on a national rollout.  The all electric mini car will be available next year in select regions of Europe during the first quarter, and as a fleet-only offering in Canada.

So if you are in the market for a pint-sized all electric vehicle that outperforms its peers when it comes to performance and range…your wait is over.  (Also of interest – check out our Fiat 500e vs Chevrolet Spark EV comparison report)

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35 Comments on "New 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV At Select Dealerships Now"

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Brian

Very refreshing to see an automaker come in ahead of schedule. It will be interesting to see how the rollout of this EV proceeds. Will it be like the Leaf which appeared in the west, but then took a year and a half to make it to the east? Or will it be like the Volt which appeared in select markets, but quickly spread nationwide?

evnow

It is a compliance car available only in CA & OR. When other CARB states mandate ZEV sales, it will be available in those states.

Brian

Has GM explicitly stated that it will only ever be available in CA/OR, or is that just your assumption? It is clearly launching there, and that makes sense because they need the credits.

Raymondjram

No, it is a full market car, and GM will make it available nationwide by 2015. I am not in any of the 50 states, yet I am on a waiting list at my dealer which sells the 2013 gas Spark.

Future Leaf Driver

Hey, GM copied Nissan with the bug-eyed headlights!

Oh well, the more EVs the merrier!!!

The ICE version of the Chevy spark had those headlights before the Nissan Leaf was out.

Raymondjram

The gas Spark has been on sale as the Matiz in many international markets. You can see it in the 2007 Transformer movie as the green Beat named Autobot “Skids”. The gas Spark was on sale since August 2012. You are way behind in your comments! BTW, Nissan is who copies most of American styles!

Future Leaf Driver

Well at least Nissan didn’t copy GM on the 4 seat maximum for EVs and put a fifth seat option in the Leaf!!!

Unless you really like sitting over a cup holder, lol!!!

Stuart22

Too bad Nissan didn’t copy GM on the temperature management system found with all Spark EV batteries.

David Murray

I still can’t stand the instrument panel. It looks like it was an aftermarket bolt-on to the steering column. I can’t, can’t, can’t stand that. I hate the same thing about the Mini Cooper and the Smart Car.

I’m not seeing what you are talking about. Are you talking about the display right above the steering wheel (speedometer)? It appears to be in the dash and not attached to the steering column.

David Murray

Look at this photo and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The entire instrument panel is attached to the steering column:

Ah, from this angle I see it now. Yeah, no thanks. It must be a lot cheaper doing it this way though.

Gwido

So it moves up and down when you tilt the steering column?

CAMiEV

Does anyone know how many EV GM need to produce to meet CARB requirements?
Like Toyota has to produce 2600 RAV4 EV. How many Spark EV does GM need to produce? For how many years? Thanks

Raymondjram

GM already complies with the CARB requirements before this Spark came to America. It is not limited in production numbers, as long as GM Korea can produce it, and it can be in production forever.

No, GM did not yet have a CARB ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE since this is the first one, therefore they are not “in compliance” until today. They likely need to sell a “few thousand” for CARB Phase III, model years 2012-2014. THEY ARE ALREADY LATE TO THE GAME!!! You’ll note this is 2013, not 2012. Toyota and the rest were rushing to get some 2012 model year cars out. GM is the last to market with their compliance car. In typical media spin, it is announced by GM as “early”. Ya, right. They better have the price at rock bottom to meet the mandate, being this late. The six “Very Large Manufacturers” that need to meet CARB – ZEV standards for 2012-2014 model years are: GM – Spark EV (estimate a few thousand to be sold) FORD – Focus EV (estimate a few thousand to be sold) Chrysler/Fiat – 500e (estimate 1000 to be sold) Toyota – Rav4 EV (2600 announced, 600 sold so far). Toyota is likely to use hydrogen cars for 2015-2017 CARB ZEV Honda – Fit EV (1100 announced). Honda is likely to use hydrogen cars for 2015-2017 CARB ZEV Nissan – LEAF (62,000 SOLD worldwide, probably over… Read more »
Warren

I assume that, like the Fit EV, it has better lifetime CO2 than a Leaf, way better than a Tesla…still not as good as a Prius C. We need smaller, more aerodynamic EV’s. Making those big battery packs uses more than a quarter of the total lifetime CO2.

http://www.greenercars.org/highlights_greenest.htm

http://www.environment.ucla.edu/media_IOE/files/BatteryElectricVehicleLCA2012-rh-ptd.pdf

Eletruk

Wow, I counted 35 assumptions made in that report. Really? This is a scientific report? Rather than making assumptions, I would like to see a report that is actually based on fact. Otherwise it’s just another “Dust to Dust” with manufactured comparisons rather than any real scientific data.

Raymondjram

The prius C still burns gas, so how can it be cleaner than a pure EV? Do you grow your fuel or get it from the sky? And how much CO2 went building and shipping that prius C?

It will always be dirtier that a EV!

Warren

Read the UCLA paper linked to above.

Danpatgal

Warren – I looked at the UCLA report (nice report), yet figure 2 refutes your claim … showing that a BEV has just over 30k kg of CO2 emissions over it’s lifetime (1.5 battery packs to go 180k miles), while the Hybrid emits 40k kg of CO2. It’ much better than the gas car at over 60k kg CO2, but the BEV still wins.

Did I miss something else you were referencing?

Warren

The sooner Musk can get those limos charging off solar, the better.

So did I understand this correctly, we have first hand accounts of Spark EVs on the lot, and no test drive reports!?!

Somebody go drive this thing like you stole it, and report back ASAP.

There’s probably one being disassembled in China as this very moment.

Brian

I almost laughed at this comment. Then I remembered how true it is, and how much that cr@p hurts our economy. Then I heaved a heavy sigh instead.

I wonder if there’s a business model for just renting out Spark EVs. For $40/rental the cars could pay for themselves in about 3 years. The miles would be low due to the range. Maintenance would be minimal. I could see a bunch of these at airports. Instead of getting a taxi, just grab a fully charged Spark and drive to your hotel. At the end of your trip, drive it back to the airport. This would be cheaper than getting 2 taxi rides, and you don’t have to wait around for one, or worry about scheduling one for your return trip.

Just thinking out loud.

The Spark would be a better rental vehicle than all the other electric cars?

Stuart22

Where did he say it was better, Tony? My how you Leafaholics show your true colors – “Compliance car, compliance car, compliance car…..” Sheeesh.

CAMiEV

Leafaholics? Not anymore. I think Tony has a RAV4 EV 😉 now…