About a month ago, General Motors announced that its South Korean unit will launch a demo fleet of electric-vehicles based on the Chevrolet Cruze. Well, it is keeping its promise today by launching the first 10 battery electric versions of the Cruze and Lacetti Premieres (Daewoo version of Cruze) to the Seoul G20 Summit Committee and Seoul Municipality.
“Three Chevrolet Cruzes will be used by foreign media and seven GM Daewoo Lacetti Premieres will be used by the G20 Summit Committee,” GM said in a statement. “GM currently markets the vehicle under the local brand in South Korea. The G20 Summit is among the most important international economic events.”
The 10 unit fleet of Cruzes and Lacetti Premieres is part of GM”s effort to gather information on the functioning of pure BEVs worldwide. The fleet is developed through cooperation between GM Daewoo, LG Chem and LG Electronics.
Refresher: Power for the Cruze and Lacetti Premieres EVs comes from a 31-kWh battery that generates maximum output of 150 kW (200-hp). That allows them to go from 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds with a top speed of 102 mph. On a full charge, the Cruze EV models can travel a total 100 miles. It takes 8 to 10 hours for the Cruze and Premieres EV to reach full charge from a standard household 220-volt outlet but GM says it is testing a “quick charge” application as well.
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GM Showcases Technology Capability by Providing Electric Demo Fleet for Seoul G20 Summit
Seoul ““ General Motors (GM) announced today that its South Korean unit, GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GM Daewoo), will provide 10 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) as part of a demonstration fleet to the Seoul G20 Summit Committee and Seoul Municipality for use during the gathering of global leaders in South Korea”s capital on Nov. 11-12.
The demonstration fleet of Cruzes and Lacetti Premieres is part of GM”s effort to gather information on the functioning of pure BEVs worldwide. Developed through cooperation between GM Daewoo, LG Chem and LG Electronics, the demonstration fleet was unveiled in mid-September.
General Motors is committed to delivering a range of advanced propulsion technologies, offering a portfolio of solutions that will allow customers to choose the vehicle that best meets their needs. Deep experience and expertise in batteries, electric motors and power controls will ensure GM provides the best possible choices when it comes to vehicle electrification technologies.
The Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera with extended-range capability are examples of industry-leading solutions for customers who seek electric power and up to 560 km (350 miles) of range. GM also is establishing BEV demonstration fleets around the world to better understand driving patterns, battery charging, market needs and customer acceptance of electric vehicles. At the same time, GM is investing in start-up companies with innovative ideas to accelerate next-generation electrification technologies.
“The Seoul G20 Summit is a historic and meaningful event for the entire nation. We are pleased to be providing a demonstration fleet of battery electric vehicles for such a critical gathering,” said Mike Arcamone, GM Daewoo President and CEO. “This will serve as a great opportunity for GM and GM Daewoo to exhibit our green technology leadership to leaders from around the world by introducing our blueprint for a cleaner, greener future for the automotive industry.”
The Cruze/Lacetti BEVs are equipped with a 31-kWh battery that generates maximum power of 150 kW. The products in the demonstration fleet will be monitored closely to determine the amount of real-world range achievable by vehicles of their size. On specific test schedules conducted by LG Chem, the demonstration vehicles may achieve a range of up to 160 km (100 miles). The vehicles can go from 0 to 100 km/h (60 miles per hour) in 8.2 seconds with a maximum speed of 165 km/h (102.5 miles per hour).
During the G20 Summit, GM and GM Daewoo will gauge consumer interest in electric vehicles and gain key learnings about the performance of BEVs on local roads. This will help GM and GM Daewoo grow the competitiveness of core EV components such as batteries, motors and charging systems.
– By: Omar Rana