WASHINGTON — The 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV hatchback is making inroads into the East Coast as General Motors announced on Thursday that the electric car will go on sale at authorized Chevrolet dealerships in Maryland this spring.
"The Spark EV has been one of the most well-received electric vehicles in the industry and customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland," said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing, in a statement.
He added: "We also have a strong dealership network that's eager to offer it."
Chevrolet requires service training certification before a dealer is authorized to sell the Spark EV because of its unique propulsion system.
GM said that the Spark EV will be priced as low as $17,845, after federal and Maryland tax credits. The Spark EV starts at $27,645, including an $825 destination charge.
The Spark EV has an EPA rating of 119 MPGe in combined city and highway driving. It has a range of 82 miles, according to the EPA.
GM said Spark EV sales totaled 1,145 in 2014, an 87 percent increase over the previous year.
Edmunds says: Maryland car shoppers interested in a pure electric car get another solid choice with the Spark EV.