Will Upcoming Electric Chevy Spark Be Bargain Priced Like Gas-Burning Counterpart?
General Motors priced the five-door 2013 Chevrolet Spark at an extremely reasonable $12,995. That's the base price for the stripped-down LS version, which includes 10 airbags, air conditioning, power windows, OnStar and 15-inch alloys, of the 2013 Spark.
Stepping up to the Spark 1LT trim package will cost $14,495 and the top-of-the-line Spark 2LT checks in at 15,795. Of course, options will add to the price, but all Sparks come well-equipped. Add $925 for an automatic transmission.
With pricing for the 1.2-liter gasoline-burning Chevy Spark finalized—and with the EV market in need of an ultra-affordable model—we wonder how much of a premium General Motors will charge for the electric version of the Spark. As reported before, the Spark EV will launch in "select markets" throughout the US in 2013, but what's the right price?
A loaded Spark equipped with a 1.2-liter gasoline engine comes in at well below $20,000, so maybe General Motors could keep the price of the Spark EV in the neighborhood of $20,000 range. Or will the premium for the electric version be so significant that few buyers will opt for the electric runabout over the more conventional gas-burner?
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