GM Takes To South Korean Roads In EVs

We’ve heard a lot about the Chevy Volt coming out in the U.S. later this year. But GM’s electric vehicle (EV) efforts are, apparently, worldwide in scope, and will soon encompass a test fleet of electric vehicles based on the successful Chevrolet Cruze. The Cruze EV, as its being called, will hit the streets of Seoul, South Korea by the end of October. It is the result of a shared development effort with GM Daewoo, LG Chem and LG Electronics.

These full-sized sedans will be tested in Korea for their “core vehicle electrification competencies,”  which include their batteries, electric motors, power controls and charging. The fleet of Cruze EVs being deployed will also provide Chevy with qualitative data about driver acceptance and response to the new vehicle, as well as driving and charging patterns (along with the costs and resources involved). The demonstration fleet will be monitored closely to determine the amount of real-world range achievable by a full-sized sedan; the range projected for them, at this point, is 160 km (100 miles) on a charge.

GM Cruze

image via GM

Under the hood of the Cruze EV–or, rather, in the trunk–is a a 31-killowatt (kW) hour battery from LG Chem  that generates maximum power of 150 kW. Its propulsion system (motor/inverter) is manufactured by LG Electronics, which gets the Cruze EV 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).  Charging via a regular home electrical outlet takes 8-10 hours.

“This Cruze EV demonstration project reinforces GM’s commitment to being a leader in the development of electric vehicles and green technologies, building on our portfolio of hybrids and the Chevrolet Volt,” said Karl Stracke, Vice President, GM Global Vehicle Engineering, in a statement. ”We’ll apply the learnings from this and our other demo projects to help us deliver the world’s best vehicles for our customers.” GM’s EV demo fleet in South Korea will also include GM Daewoo Lacetti Premieres, which GM currently markets under the local brand in South Korea.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.