General Motors revealed today the Cruze BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), a demonstration vehicle designed to explore market needs and customer acceptance of battery electric vehicles in Korea.
The new car is the result of shared development with GM Daewoo, LG Chem and LG Electronics. It is equipped with a 31-kWh battery capable to deliver a maximum power of 150 kW or 201 hp.
With this amount of power it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.2 seconds, while the maximum speed is limited to 165 km/h (102.5 miles per hour).
Recharging this vehicle takes 8 to 10 hours, but according to the manufacturer, part of the demonstration fleet’s task is to test a “quick charge” application.
The quick recharge reduces the charge time significantly. The Cruze EV is powered by batteries developed by LG Chem and propulsion systems (motor/inverter) from LG Electronics.
Although most of the electric vehicles on the market carry the battery packs in the trunk, the Cruze EV comes with batteries mounted on the underbody. This means that the car gets the same trunk space as the standard models, but also a lower center of gravity for better stability.
GM Daewoo promises its Korean customers many wonderful things in the electric vehicle realm, starting with the Cruze electric vehicle. The new EV is a result of the collaboration between GM Daewoo and LG Chemical. In this project, LG Chemical acts as the exclusive partner that will provide battery cells for the vehicles that the collaboration can come up with.
The Cruze EV is the second electric vehicle that LG Chemical is providing battery cells for. The first vehicle that carried LG Chem’s battery cells was the Chevrolet Volt, which the two partners have been working on since 2008. It’s worth noting that both LG Chem and GM Daewoo are both Korean firms.
Peter Bahnsuk Kim, LG Chem’s chief executive officer, stated that the new partnership for the Cruze EV is significant for both companies, and represents an expansion of the domestic electric vehicle market to South Korea.
GM Daewoo’s president and chief executive officer Mike Arcamone said that the Cruze EV is but a sneak peek of the stuff that the company has planned for both Korean and global customer bases.
The Cruze EV’s batteries are notable because the battery pack is not stuffed on the trunk like most cars of its class do. Instead, the battery pack is mounted beneath the body of the car. This frees up the trunk and gives its space for what it really is for – to carry cargo.