Hey What Is That Behind The 2016 Volt, And Why Is It At Washington Auto Show?

Hey What Is That Behind The 2016 Volt, And Why Is It At Washington Auto Show?

Yesterday we got a sneak peak inside the 2015 Washington Auto Show as it was being set up before press day on Thursday (today).

And while our focus was initially on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt making its debut in black LTZ trim, some astute readers noticed another electric vehicle from GM close by, and no, it wasn’t the 200 mile Bolt EV concept – it was the Chevrolet Spark EV.

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Coming To Maryland This Spring!

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Coming To Maryland This Spring!

Which naturally lead to the question "Why the heck was the Spark EV in attendance in Washington, as it was only available in California and Oregon?"

Answer - because it is now available in a 3rd state - Maryland!

Chevrolet says the compact, 82 mile EV will go on sale in the "Free State" (thanks to Wiki for that reference) in the Spring of 2015 - offered from $17,845, after considering federal and Maryland tax credits.

“The Spark EV has been one of the most well-received electric vehicles in the industry and customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland. Following the introduction of the next-generation Volt and Bolt EV concept, this further reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and delivering more choices where our customers want them.” - Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing.

2015 Chevy Spark EV - Now Featuring LG Chem Cells And Assembled at GM's Brownstown Battery Plant

2015 Chevy Spark EV - Now Featuring LG Chem Cells And Assembled at GM's Brownstown Battery Plant

GM noted that they require "service training certification" from their dealers before they are allowed to sell the Spark EV, primarily due to its "unique propulsion system".  One has to imagine this is the same expertise dealers would need to have in order to sell the all-electric Bolt EV in the future - which could mean an even wider rollout in the future for the Spark EV.

Last year 1,145 Spark EVs were sold in California and Oregon combined (but mostly in California), making it the 8th best selling EV in America.

“Maryland has a strong commuter market and a good charging infrastructure, which influenced the decision to make it the Spark EV’s first East Coast market.  We also have a strong dealership network in the Old Line (it appears someone else has also been using Wikipedia) State that’s eager to offer it.” added Majoros