As per a report from EV-Resource, GM would no longer offer battery spares for the all-electric model of the Chevy Spark. The Chevrolet Spark EV debuted in the year 2013, and GM went on to produce further models until the year 2016.
“We are no longer going to distribute that [the Spark EV’s] battery,” a General Motors district executive informed EV-Resource. GM’s Spark Electric Vehicle battery packs appear to have sold out, and the company has no plans to create more.
With the oldest Spark EV model approaching ten years old, owners may encounter themselves without a functioning vehicle if their battery pack dies. The battery pack in GM’s Spark EVs as well as other electric vehicles comes with an 8-year / 100,000-mile guarantee, which implies the warranty for Spark EVs launched in 2013 and 2014 has already expired (or is about to expire). It’s unclear whether GM will uphold its guarantee and substitute the battery pack in Sparks which has broken down, or if, as EV-Resource notes, GM is going to offer to purchase the vehicle back rather than replace the battery.
Owners of the Spark EV may also have difficulty finding an alternative battery pack. When compared to other EVs, EV-Resource observes that there isn’t much of a market for the Spark EV batteries, as producers may not see the benefit in producing parts for a car that costs less than $26,000. Furthermore, GM only sold only 7,400 Spark EVs during its three-year tenure, mostly in Maryland, California, and Oregon.
Perhaps GM simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to develop battery pack substitutions for the Spark EV, as it works to make and replace battery packs in more than 140,000 electric Chevy Bolts which were recalled last year owing to fire hazards. Following a multi-month production halt, GM only resumed production of the Bolt EV in early April, and the non-electric Chevy Spark will be phased out later this year.
According to Cleantechnica, GM disclosed intentions to create solid-state electric vehicle batteries. In addition, the corporation has agreed to develop a new battery facility in the United States with the Korean company POSCO Chemical. The necessary materials for GM’s Ultium energy storage technology, which is distinct from solid-state batteries, will be manufactured at the new battery factory.
POSCO Chemical and GM have formed a new relationship, indicating that the automaker is moving closer to solid-state goods. Although lithium-ion technology has raised the bar for Electric Vehicle battery performance, car industry stakeholders have been on the lookout for solid-state batteries, which have the potential to be both cheaper and more powerful.