Common Motors will reportedly now not present battery replacements for the all-electric model of the Chevy Spark, in line with a report from EV-Resource (by way of InsideEVs). The Chevy Spark electrical automobile (EV) was first launched in 2013, and GM continued to make new fashions till 2016.
A GM district govt confirmed to EV-Useful resource that the corporate is “now not going to provide that [the Spark EV’s] battery.” GM’s stock of Spark EV battery packs has reportedly run out as nicely, and the corporate doesn’t plan on making any extra. The Verge reached out to GM with a request for remark however didn’t instantly hear again.
With the oldest mannequin of the Spark EV reaching virtually 10 years outdated, automobile homeowners could discover themselves with out a working automobile if their battery pack fails. GM presents an eight-year / 100,000-mile warranty particularly for the battery pack in its Spark EVs and other electric vehicles, which implies the guarantee has already run out (or may be very near operating out) for Spark EVs launched in 2013 and 2014. It’s unclear if GM will proceed to honor its guarantee and one way or the other change the battery pack in broken-down Sparks, or as EV-Useful resource factors out, if GM will provide to purchase again the automobile as an alternative of changing the battery.
Spark EV homeowners may not have one of the best of luck discovering an aftermarket battery pack both. EV-Useful resource notes that there actually isn’t a marketplace for Spark EV batteries when in comparison with different EVs, contemplating firms may not discover worth in offering elements for a automobile that’s on the extra cheap facet (the bottom 2016 mannequin bought at an MSRP of less than $26,000). Plus, GM solely managed to sell around 7,400 Spark EVs — primarily in California, Oregon, and Maryland — earlier than ending its three-year run.
As GM works towards making and replacing battery packs in over 140,000 electric Chevy Bolts that have been recalled final yr attributable to fireplace dangers, maybe GM simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to create battery pack replacements for the Spark EV. GM solely resumed manufacturing Bolt EVs in early April following a production freeze lasting a number of months, and likewise just lately introduced its plans to discontinue the non-electric version of the Chevy Spark someday this yr.