Chevy Spark EV Proves To Be A Surprise Hit

chevy-spark-ev-2As the first pure electric car from GM since the ill-fated EV1, the Chevy Spark EV has a lot of weight riding on its adorable roof. Yet it seems as though GM has a small hit on its hands, with sales outpacing both expectations and production, and it has proven especially popular with younger buyers coming over from other brands.

Priced at $27,495, the Chevy Spark EV is only sold in California and Oregon, where it gets a $2,500 and $1,500 state tax rebate, respective. The Spark EV also qualifies for $7,500 from the Federal government bringing the price down to just $17,495 in California and $18,995. Even for penny-pinching Millennials, the Spark EV is a great deal with its 82 miles of range, and all that torque on tap makes for quite the fun ride too.

So far GM has sold or lease 397 Spark EVs between the two states since it went on sale in June, with dealers having a hard time keeping the tiny EV in stock. Even though the $750 quick charge feature isn’t available yet, sales are exceeding expectations, and could lead to the expansion of Chevy Spark sales to other EV-friendly states. As it stands, Chevy is rolling out a custom Spark EV concept at this week’s SEMA event in Las Vegas.

Sure, the Chevy Spark EV isn’t exactly lighting up the sales chart, but it is one of the cutest and most-affordable electric cars on the market. For a generation of car buyers more interested in EVs than ever before, GM might have an unintentional sleeper hit on its hands.

 Source: Plug-In Cars

Christopher DeMorro

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