General Motors has announced it will produce a fleet of Chevrolet Cruze EVs for testing which will commence in South Korea later this year.
Some of the cars will be badged as Daewoo Lacettis while others will be badged as Chevrolet Cruze. Even though the Chevrolet is not sold in Korea, General Motors is hoping to demonstrate the vehicles capabilities and create more awareness in the market whilst also promoting the company in the fast-growing Korean industry.
The project is a joint venture between GM Daewoo and LG Chem – the guys who made the batteries – and also LG Electronics – the team behind the electric motor development. It’s the second such project to be made by the trio behind the Chevrolet Volt.
GM and LG will launch the demonstration fleet to test if such a car works in the real world. The project is also aiming to retrieve data in terms of demands the vehicles place upon the infrastructure.
The vehicles will use 31kWh batteries wired to 150kW motors. General Motors say the cars are capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds, which is as fast as a manual Mazda6 petrol sedan. Performance will also be backed by a top speed of 165km/h.
Range is said to be around 160km for the EV which can then be fully recharged in 8-10 hours through the use of a standard 220 volt socket.
General Motors says production of the test fleet will begin at the end of October.