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GM Daewoo providing 10 Cruze/Lacetti BEVs for G20 summit

GM’s 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 11-12 Nov.

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. (Earlier post.)

Three battery-electric Chevrolet Cruzes will be used by foreign media and seven battery-electric GM Daewoo Lacetti Premieres will be used by the G20 Summit Committee. GM currently markets the vehicle under the local brand in South Korea.

The Cruze/Lacetti BEVs are equipped with a 31-kWh battery pack using cells from LG Chem that generate 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 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.

Footage of Cruze/Lacetti BEVs in S. Korea. Click to enlarge.

Comments

Ziv

I think we will be seeing some interesting BEV's and EREV's coming out of South Korea. Hyundai and Daewoo have access to some of the best battery tech in the world.

HarveyD

These are high performance BEVs. No doubt the higher performance batteries will be produced in Korea very shortly.

Will future GM BEVs be produced in Korea and China?

It would make sense for the local markets and for export to USA.

It is doubtful the USA's factories can compete unless salaries and fringe benefits are adjusted.

Jason

@HarveryD

Since China is now the largest automotive market and the Chinese government wants to be increasingly involved in these new technologies, I doubt any global company would refuse this request. Plus as you mentioned, with the relatively cheap labor in China it would make sense to export to most countries.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB40001424052748704394704575495480368918268.html

HarveyD

Yes, I wouldn't be surprised if we buy Chinese e-cars in the near future as we buy TVs, telephones, batteries, tires, PCs, shoes, clothing, utensils, toys, furniture, appliances etc. Will we have to go back to farming and exporting corn and other grains we haven't used to produce liquid fuel?

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