GM Promises Chevy Spark EV in Maryland by End of June
Chevrolet made headlines in Detroit at this year’s NAIAS with the reveal of the Bolt EV concept and the debut of the new 2016 Volt. Now, the automaker is capitalizing on all that electric energy with the announcement that it will begin offering the Chevy Spark EV in Maryland by the end of June.
“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,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing. “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.”
Presently, California and Oregon are the only states that offer the tiny EV, which debuted in 2013 and has a range of 82 miles. After federal and Maryland tax credits, citizens in Little America could pay as little as $17,845 for the minicar.
“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,” said Majoros. “We also have a strong dealership network in the Old Line State that’s eager to offer it.”
The car’s electric motor and drive unit are manufactured at GM’s Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh, Maryland, so in some sense, the Chevy Spark EV will be “going home” this summer. It will be interesting to see if car shoppers give the Spark a warm welcome back.