We just drove the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV at a media event in the Pacific Northwest, and while we can’t share driving impressions until Monday, we had to share something rather interesting that happened while we were out on the drive. That something interesting are three different GM electric vehicles occupying the same small parking lot in the same small town on the West coast. That’s right, while getting lunch in Astoria, Oregon, we came across a Chevrolet Spark EV and a second-gen Chevrolet Volt, making for an impromptu GM electric vehicle meet-up. What are the odds?
Slim, to say the least. Let’s start with the Spark. The first-generation launched in 1998, followed by a second-generation in 2005 and the current, third generation in 2010. The all-electric version was called the Chevrolet Spark EV, and was introduced as a variant of the second generation for the 2013 model year to be sold in California and Oregon. It was the first all-electric passenger car GM had offered since the EV1, and the first-ever full battery electric Chevrolet model.
The Chevrolet Volt should be more familiar, hitting the U.S. market in 2010 right after GM’s bankruptcy. It was then sold as the Holden Volt in Australia, the Vauxhall Ampera in the U.K., and Opel Ampera in the rest of Europe. Initial plans to sell the Volt as the Buick Velite 5 in China fell through. The second-generation Volt was introduced for the 2016 model year, and that’s the model we saw at our serendipitous meetup.
Finally, we have the 2020 Bolt EV that we were driving. The 2020 model represents the fourth model year for the nameplate.
These three GM electric vehicles in one spot is a rare event, because neither one is astoundingly popular. The Volt was never a runaway sales hit (see our Chevrolet Volt sales tracker), making it relatively uncommon. The factor eventually caused its unfortunate demise after the 2019 model year. Meanwhile, the Spark EV was even more limited, making it a truly rare thing to find in the wild.
Put all those together, and this impromptu GM electric vehicle meet-up all the more serendipitous, especially given that the Spark EV and Volt were driven by local residents and not by GM employees, nor was the whole thing planned. Yup, three rather rare GM electric cars in one small town just, kinda, happened.
Meanwhile, The General has big plans for the all-electric segment, with no less than 20 new GM electric vehicle models slated to drop by 2023.
As an aside, we think “Bolt, Volt and Spark” sounds like a perfect Saturday morning cartoon. We’re imagining the three GM electric vehicles forming up to create a giant robot to fight evil from outer space. Anyone with us?