SparkE wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:08 pm
MrDRMorgan wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:04 pm
SparkE wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:40 am
It's guaranteed for 8 years from date of first sale (for battery and charging parts), so the manufacturer will have something available.
If you are worried about spare parts and you are buying a car for the next 15 years, maybe not the Spark EV. It has had very few problems reported (but then, only a few thousand were sold). I love mine.
For parts, you are pretty much stuck with buying them from GM. I had to replace the windshield in my 2016 - rock hit it - and the windshield alone was $550 as no after-market windshield was available. My first Spark EV was a leased 2015 model and I currently own a 2014 Spark EV w/o DCFC and a 2016 Spark EV with DCFC. I did have not had any problems with any of the three.
My BIG concern is the degradation of the HV battery capacity I have experienced over time and what it is going to cost me to replace or have the HV battery rebuilt - IF... it will even possible. The battery capacity in my 2016 Spark EV dropped to 14.7 kWh yesterday and I only have 27,300 miles on the ODO. The HV battery in my 2014 Spark EV, which does not have DCFC, is currently 15.4 kWh at 21,800 miles.
Concerning HV (main) battery replacement : I think that it is looking like you will be using the battery warranty (8 yrs, 100K miles). Personally, I am wondering if it is worth it to get a replacement ASAP when it drops below the % threshold (to make sure that one is avail), or wait until "7 yrs, 8 months" (leaving room for slack) so that the longest period after warranty replacement has a "good" battery.
But since you have TWO, maybe you can get the "right away" replacement on the first one, and see how that goes (will you get a "new" battery, or will they simply replace enough worn cells to get it just above the minimum of the guarantee???). Also, the 2014 uses a different battery than the 2016. It would prob be better to get the 2014 done when it qualifies, as who knows how many of he older batteries are available for exchange? (The 2015 and 2016 use LG batteries, the vendor GM is still using for the Bolt).
Your 2014 is getting pretty close, as 65% of 21kWh is : 13.65 kWh. By next year you will probably be in the 13.5 kWh range. Are there good EV-certified GM dealers in your area? Or Livermore/Pleasanton?
You state for the 2014 Spark EV that a new A123 HV battery has a capacity of 21 kWh. The limited warranty says I can have the HV battery "replaced" if my battery capacity drops below 13.65 kWh (35% of 21 kWh) within 8 years or 100K miles. If the degradation continues to follow my TorquePro data trendline, my total degradation will reach the 35% point in about 2 years from now or January 2022. My limited warranty period is up in June 2022.
Of greater concern is the degradation I am seeing with my 2016 Spark EV. This is my main vehicle as it has the DCFC option which I use every week. The 2014 does not have DCFC. If a new LG battery has 19 kWh, then my warranty point is a loss of 40% of 19 or 11.4 kWh. I am currently at 14.7 kWh and the trendline shows, on average, I lose about 1 kWh every 8500 miles. So, I can expect to hit the warranty limit in another 28k miles or about 2.5 to 3 years from now. 3 years from now is January 2023 and my warranty is up in August of 2024.
If I had to replace the battery in my 2014 Spark EV and I had to pay for it, GM's list price for just the battery is $18,929 (GMPartsDirect).
Finally, I would probably have Dublin Chevrolet replace the battery since they seem to be the only dealer for miles around which sells and services GM EVs in quantity. And, they would be my first stop if I were to purchase a BOLT.