Update: GM reached out to GM Authority after the publication of this article, stating that it will in fact continue to offer replacement battery packs for the Chevy Spark EV.
Owners of the Chevy Spark EV hatchback are no longer able to purchase a new replacement battery pack for the vehicle as of April 7th, 2022.
According to EV Resource, GM has decided to discontinue production of the replacement 18.4 kWh battery pack for the Spark EV. This is despite the fact that some Chevy Spark EV owners are still covered by the eight-year/100,000-mile warranty that came with the vehicle. Owners who experience a battery pack failure and are still covered by warranty will be offered a buyback from GM. EV Resource says some owners have received the full purchase price of the car back, although the amount of the buyback offer varies from state to state.
While owners of vehicles still under warranty will be covered, those who are not covered will have no way of repairing their vehicle if the lithium-ion battery fails. More popular EVs like the Nissan Leaf have decent aftermarket support for owners experiencing battery issues, but the Chevy Spark EV was produced in very low numbers and therefore has virtually non-existent aftermarket support. For this reason, it’s possible that some Spark EV owners will be left with an inoperable, unrepairable vehicle if they experience a battery failure.
The Chevy Spark EV, which was GM’s first all-electric passenger vehicle since the EV1, made its initial debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale two years later as a 2014 model year product. It features a single, front axle-mounted electric motor rated at 130 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and boasted an EPA estimated range of 82 miles when new. Pricing for the 1LT trim level in the introductory 2014 model year started at $26,685.
As we pointed out previously, a used Chevy Spark EV can be an enticing second-hand purchase, with some of these vehicles selling for well under $10,000. That said, it’s probably best to avoid this aging EV due to its now non-existent aftersales support. Most consumers in the market for an inexpensive, compact EV such as this would be better served by a used, first-generation Chevy Bolt EV.