As I appear unable to post this comment to your entertaining Chevy Spark EV Story from June 10th, 2014 I will post it here.Our own Thomas Thias (Selling Volts at Sundance) posted information regarding dealer preparations for the Spark. Seems like it was two or three months ago.
Thanks for the citation, James.
Link Goes To June 10, Lead Story On Chevy Spark EV - By Jeff Cobb-
The thread I started March 18, 2014 included a picture of a 2014 Chevy Spark EV brochure held up next to a 110V AC outlet.
The fact that all Chevy Dealers had the brochures, that manditory GM Training, internet based, on the Chevy Spark BEV had concluded for sales and tech's had me wondering, hence the thread that I will link below
Link Goes To My OP, March 18, 2014-
My post, it seems created quite a stir. All I was doing was just prematurely putting two and two together.
Here is a comment from one of our charter members, Statik, now the Publisher of the most quoted and Number 1 Electric Fueled Vehicle Portal in the world, InSideEVs.
Jay Cole- (Comment #19- March 18, 2014)
"Sorry to be the bearer of 'non-news' but I have been talking to the execs at GM associated with the Spark EV the past two days, and I mentioned this apparent indication of a national roll-out. Long story short, they are not quite sure how people and/or dealerships have gotten the wrong idea.
They were/are "totally sure" (their words) that there is no plans to roll-out the Spark EV nationally, or how this info got distributed nationally, but asked if I would "put the word out on their behalf" on the Spark EV's status if it came up in the media circles just so their would not be any confusion.
Last edited by Statik; 03-20-2014 at 10:03 AM. Reason: (I'm a terrible speller) "
That was all it took for my friend and our Moderator, Steverion to issue the following statement and alter the title of my OP.
Steverino- (Comment #20 March 18th, 2014)
"Thanks Jay. I have updated the original post and thread title."
Heh, I had creaed a storm and had almost gone viral with my observations! He he!
All this, came about before legionary Green Car writer John Voelcker broke with the 2015 Chevy Spark EV update story on May 15, 2014.
"General Motors announced yesterday that it will bring assembly of the electric Spark's battery in-house and assemble packs for the 2015 Spark EV at the Brownstown, Michigan, plant that already builds batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, and Cadillac ELR."
Link Goes To Green Car Reports and the Voelcker 2015 Spark EV Reveal-
Now bring in Sam McEachern, writing for GM Authority in a story I had missed.
"The next-generation Chevrolet Spark, due out in 2015, has been spied wearing some heavy camouflage during cold weather testing. The end of the current Spark’s lifecycle is drawing closer, after being sold in some parts of the world since 2009.
The all-new minicar is pictured with a dramatic rearward sloping roofline and a high beltline. Also, it appears the rear door handles have been moved from behind the rear window back to a more conventional spot on the doors.
There is speculation that the 2015 Spark could ride on the same chassis as the rumored new small car from Opel, which is said to be a four-door, four-seater with a base price of around €10,000
The new Spark is expected to arrive sometime in the first half of 2015, with its potential Opel platform mate arriving in late 2015 to early 2016."
Link Goes To Story At GM Authority-
So now it all makes sence. Educate the sales and service elements on the current product and platform while using the exhisting platform for beta and field tests in limited market.
Move to Game Chaging Platform as Ready Tech reaches Critical Mass and roll out world wide with new platform, batteries and product.
Thanks James, Jay, Jeff and our shared writers for an engaging page one story today!
Thomas J. Thias
Sundance Chevrolet Inc.