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post #1 of 12 Old 07-24-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Spark EV sales will be crazy!

The Spark EV to be the cheapest EV around and going off the chart below, I don't see why Spark EV sales won't be crazy.

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-24-2013, 01:10 PM
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The Spark EV is getting great reviews across the board. The main problem is that it is only available for sale in California and Oregon. Some people also may have some reservations just because there are few charging stations for plug-in vehicles.

Other than those two problems though, I agree that the Chevy Spark EV is destined to be a great seller.
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Another factor to consider in this market is the high competition in the segment. The Spark EV will have to compete against the Ford Focus Electric, and the Nissan Leaf. High competition in the segment has caused automakers to cut prices recently. The Focus Electric was cut by $4,000, the Leaf was cut by $6,400, and GM offered a $4,000 cash rebate on the 2013 Volt. As the market grows, it will be interesting to see how profitable EVs will be for car companies.
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Another factor to consider in this market is the high competition in the segment. The Spark EV will have to compete against the Ford Focus Electric, and the Nissan Leaf. High competition in the segment has caused automakers to cut prices recently. The Focus Electric was cut by $4,000, the Leaf was cut by $6,400, and GM offered a $4,000 cash rebate on the 2013 Volt. As the market grows, it will be interesting to see how profitable EVs will be for car companies.
Hybrid vehicles helped to cut the development costs for pure EV vehicles, not to mention there are EVS available for under $30,000.

When Hybrids first came out they were foreign to the entire industry and they needed to change perception before mainstream uptake, plus gas hadn't settled in over $3/gallon. the ELR is breaking in at a time when hybrid vehicles have been around for almost a decade and consumers are used to the squeeze of $3-$4/gallon instead of viewing it as a temporary price even 2 years ago.

Lastly when hybrids first came out there were two options, the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. Now Ford has EV's, Chevy has EV's (two of them), Fiat, Mitsubishi, Nissan and of course Tesla are all players in this market segment. EVs offered arent these far out ugly looking hybrid ducklings of a decade ago, they're stylish (somewhat) and engaging to drive.

Its a cool comparison to look at EV's vs Hybrids but in all fairness EV's are more a continuation of Hybrids than a straight up competitor to them.
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The Spark EV is getting great reviews across the board. The main problem is that it is only available for sale in California and Oregon. Some people also may have some reservations just because there are few charging stations for plug-in vehicles.

Other than those two problems though, I agree that the Chevy Spark EV is destined to be a great seller.
it's only being sold in Cali and Oregon to start, didn't they mention after x amount of time they would start selling in other states and eventually Canada?
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it's only being sold in Cali and Oregon to start, didn't they mention after x amount of time they would start selling in other states and eventually Canada?
Exact dates for the sale of the Spark EV in other states and Canada have not been announced, but yes, eventually we have been told that we will be able to buy the Spark EV outside of California and Oregon.
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it's only being sold in Cali and Oregon to start, didn't they mention after x amount of time they would start selling in other states and eventually Canada?
GM Korea is building these Spark EV models as fast as the A123 battery gets there. So I predict that GM will open the full U.S. market for this model by December 2014, or in other words, get your SparkEV for Christmas.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-31-2013, 02:22 PM
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GM Korea is building these Spark EV models as fast as the A123 battery gets there. So I predict that GM will open the full U.S. market for this model by December 2014, or in other words, get your SparkEV for Christmas.
What an absurd strategy, only sell the spark EV in two geographic locations that are half way around the world from where they're produced. I'm sure cheap Korean labour is a big part of the Sparks low price, but those logistics arent friendly at all. Ship battery/electric parts to Korea, assemble in Korea, ship to Detroit, distribute...
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electric cars are becoming more affordable and those who really don't like to pay for gas are jumping on the opportunity.

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electric cars are becoming more affordable and those who really don't like to pay for gas are jumping on the opportunity.
electricity costs money too. sure right now an eGallon is less than half of a petrol gallon but wait until EVs penetrate the market deeper. Demand is what spikes prices, plus what generates the electricity that eventally becomes an eGallon? Majority of electricity, especially in Cali and Oregon, is produced through coal or natural gas fired plants.

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