Chevrolet wants a piece of the EV action, as they have recently announced their plans of building a demonstration fleet of electrified Chevrolet Cruzes towards the end of October. Powering the Cruze EV will be a 150kw/201hp electric motor with a 31-kWh battery that is mounted under the body. This accelerates the EV to 100km/h in a not-too-bad 8.2 seconds, going on to reach a top speed of 165km/h.
The car will have a range of 160 kilometers and it can be recharged using a standard 220-volt socket in 8 to 10 hours. There will also be an option of a “quick charge” system, but this is one of those things that are in the development phase. Testing and development will begin in Seoul, South Korea before moving on to other markets. Demo vehicles will use Daewoo Lacetti and Chevrolet Cruze bodies, which will collect data on things like real world driving and the public’s acceptance on electric vehicles.
General Motors’ Cruze EV project is a joint-venture with GM Daewoo, LG Chem and LG Electronics. LG Chem will supply the batteries while LG Electronics are responsible for the electric motors and inverters. GM has previously worked with LG Chem before in the development of the Chevrolet Volt in 2008. Hopefully this project will be more successful than the Volt hybrid project that suffered changes, increasing the car’s fuel consumption.
“Although there is much more work to be done, our ability to develop this vehicle in less than a year offers a peek at the very promising plans we have for our customers in Korea and around the world,” said Mike Arcamone, GM Daewoo President and CEO.
A set of hi-res pictures are available after the jump.
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