UPDATE: 4/27: GM has now responded to the statements it no for a longer period tends to make Chevy Spark EV batteries, with Kevin M. Kelly, Senior Director, Chevrolet Communications, clarifying the problem in the adhering to statement:
“Latest reviews speculating that GM will no for a longer period give battery pack replacements for the Spark EV are incorrect. While we are at this time enduring a momentary disruption in the source of new Spark EV packs, GM stays dedicated to giving substitution packs to Spark EV homeowners who need them in the potential and will function with house owners until finally we get the supply problems fixed.”
Initial Story 4/25:Chevy Spark EV owners are struggling with up to the prospect of getting an electric powered car that is undriveable and effectively junk in the close to long run.
According to EV Source, GM will no more time present alternative batteries for the Spark EV. The sections departments at Chevy dealerships confirmed to EV Useful resource that the replacement battery element was eradicated as an alternative on April 7, but was presently on back-get in advance of then.
What this indicates is, when the rechargeable battery contained in a Spark EV ceases to perform, there is no correct and the motor vehicle can no for a longer time be pushed. House owners will conclusion up acquiring to pay to get the vehicle taken away unless of course they preempt the battery failure and get rid of the vehicle before it comes about. Offering these motor vehicles isn’t going to seem to be viable, though, other than for scrap benefit.
GM bought the Chevy Spark EV amongst 2013-2016, but never ever meant it for broad adoption throughout the US. As an alternative it was considered as a “compliance car” for states with zero-emission car mandates. In the end, GM marketed someplace in the location of 7,400 cars in advance of it was discontinued, in accordance to Electrek.
The Spark EV was sold with an 8-calendar year/100,000-mile guarantee, which usually means some owners may however be coated, but that does not ensure GM will have any batteries remaining to resolve your auto and an choice may well be supplied. Most likely you’ll get some cash to a Chevy Bolt EV?
While the effects of this selection will be restricted due to how numerous Chevy Spark EVs there are, it does pose a even larger question regarding help for previous EVs. There is no a person battery common that vehicle makers adhere to, so homeowners are reliant on a single source for replacement batteries in most situations. Is the Spark EV just the first indicator of issues to appear for other EVs and from other manufacturers dropping help?