Saturday, September 18, 2010
General Motors tests electric Chevrolet Cruzes in South Korea | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
General Motors is testing electric Chevrolet Cruzes in Seoul, South Korea.
GM said today it expected the fleet to launch at the end of October. The automaker currently has no plans to bring the electric Cruzes to the U.S., where the gasoline-powered Cruze launched this month, spokesman Kevin Kelly said.
Early testing showed the electric Cruzes, developed in less than a year, have up to a 100-mile range. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt due this fall in the U.S., they have no range-extending, gasoline-powered engine.
The cars can charge in 8 to 10 hours via a 220-volt outlet. GM is testing ways to charge them more quickly.
GM said it will launch other electric-vehicle test fleets in other non-cities outside the U.S. later this year.