General Motors will reportedly no longer provide battery replacements for the all-electric version of the Chevy Spark, according to a report from EV-resource (via InsideEVs). The Chevy Spark electric vehicle (EV) first launched in 2013, and GM continued to build new models through 2016.
A GM district executive confirmed to EV-resource that the company “is no longer going to supply that [the Spark EV’s] battery.” GM’s inventory of Spark EV battery packs has also reportedly been depleted and the company does not plan to make any more. the edge He reached out to GM with a request for comment but did not immediately hear back.
Since the oldest model of the Spark EV is almost 10 years old, vehicle owners can find themselves without a working car if their battery pack fails. GM offers an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty. warranty specifically for the battery pack in your Spark electric vehicles and other electric vehiclesmeaning that the warranty has already run out (or is very close to running out) for Spark EVs released in 2013 and 2014. It is unclear if GM will continue to honor its warranty and somehow replace the battery pack on failed Sparks. , or as EV-resource points out, if GM offers to buy back the vehicle instead of replacing the battery.
Spark EV owners may not have the best of luck finding an aftermarket battery pack either. EV-resource points out that there really isn’t a market for Spark EV batteries compared to other EVs, considering companies might not find value in supplying parts for a car that’s cheaper (the base 2016 model sells at an MSRP of less than $26,000). Furthermore, GM only managed sell about 7,400 Spark EVs —mainly in California, Oregon and Maryland— before finishing his three-year degree.
As GM works to make and replace battery packs in more than 140,000 electric Chevy Bolts that were recalled last year due to fire hazards, perhaps GM just doesn’t have the bandwidth to create battery pack replacements for the Spark. EV. GM only resumed Bolt EV manufacturing in early April after a months-long production freeze, also recently announcing its plans to discontinue the non-electric version of the Chevy Spark sometime this year.