Currently, the Chevrolet Spark EV is only sold in the EV-obsessed states of California and Oregon. General Motors’ reasoning for doing this is that the two states have the charging infrastructure to support the EV and they don’t want to offer it to their customers if it becomes difficult to live with where there are minimal charging stations. According to Autoblog, this all might soon change with plans to introduce the car in the Midwest later this year.
Speculation that the Spark EV would soon be brought to other states began when Hybrid Cars stumbled upon four Ohio-based dealerships that list the car for sale on their website. One dealer, Ron Marhofer Chevrolet, appears to have worked pretty hard on their Spark EV page, which is complete with photos and a video of the car.
Unfortunately at this point, that’s all this is – speculation. GM communications manager Randy Fox told Autoblog “at this point in time, we don’t have any official plans to expand the Spark EV beyond California and Oregon.” The spokesman added they are “continuing to look at other options,” with the car.
Even with the lack of infrastructure, it might be a smart idea for Chevrolet to sell the Spark in low numbers in the Midwest. Senior editor with Edmunds.com, John O’Dell, says if they can put the vehicles on the road in other markets, they will practically sell themselves.
“It makes sense for [GM] to expand sales and it makes sense to do it in a quiet manner, to get these vehicles on the road. The selling point for electric cars today is not advertising, it’s eyeballs, it’s peer exposure. If someone in my neighborhood has one and he likes it, then maybe I can trust him. So it’s important to get these vehicles on the road,” he said.
Autoblog contacted a few Chevrolet dealerships in Michigan to see if they had heard anything in regards to the Saprk EV’s allocation. One dealer said the Spark EV is scheduled to arrive in the Midwest in “roughly the fourth quarter.”