Some Chevy Spark EV owners are still waiting for a replacement battery pack after the original battery pack in their vehicle failed, leaving the owners with a dead car. Some of these owners are currently waiting for a replacement battery under the vehicle’s eight-year / 100,000-mile warranty. Additionally, some owners in the U.S. and Canada have been offered buybacks, while others have eventually received replacement battery packs.
Looking over recent social media posts, some Chevy Spark EV owners report that they are still waiting on GM for a battery replacement for their vehicle, with some weighing a possible buyback option. Some owners report that they have received a rebuilt battery after months of waiting, while others report taking the buyback option instead.
As GM Authority reported in 2022, GM will continue to offer replacement batteries for the Chevy Spark EV, despite reports published earlier in the 2022 calendar year that GM had opted not to replace the vehicle batteries.
“GM continues to work with Spark EV owners, on a case by case basis, to address their vehicle needs at their local authorized Chevrolet dealer,” a Chevy spokesperson said in a written statement to GM Authority. “We remain committed to providing available replacement packs to eligible Spark EV owners, and will continue to work with affected owners on an appropriate resolution.”
According to the 2022 report, the replacement battery packs will be supplied by Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem. Although the 2014 Chevy Spark EV was originally equipped with a 21.3 kWh LFP battery manufactured by A123 Systems, the 2015- and 2016-model-year Spark EV was equipped with a 19 kWh lithium-ion battery manufactured by LG Chem.
The Chevy Spark EV was offered as GM’s very first all-electric passenger vehicle since the EV1, initially debuting in 2012 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Spark EV is equipped with a single front-mounted electric motor rated at 130 horsepower, with the Gamma II platform found under the skin. A total of 7,371 units were sold.
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