Guangzhou – General Motors China yesterday introduced its domestic new energy vehicle portfolio at an electrification workshop in Guangzhou under the theme of “Driving the Future with Electrification.”
GM’s lineup includes mild hybrids, full hybrids, extended-range electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, offering a range of choices for consumers.
“GM’s electrification strategy is supporting our company’s commitment to helping create a greener, safer and healthier community in China,” said Matt Crossley, GM China Director of Engineering and Electrification. “The electrification workshop allowed us to present our solutions to the people of Guangzhou and highlight the importance of sustainable development.”
Among the vehicles shown was the Chevrolet Volt, the first extended-range electric vehicle sold in China and the most technically advanced new energy vehicle on the market. The Volt can be driven in all weather and driving conditions.
With its exclusive Voltec electric drive technology, the Volt can be charged in 6.5 hours using a standard 220V outlet to achieve up to 80 km of battery electric driving. This is enough to meet the needs of most urban consumers. Its onboard engine generator enables the Volt to achieve an extended-range distance of 570 km.
Its cell stack, which consists of 288 lithium-ion batteries, provides power comparable to that of a standard V-6 engine. It generates maximum torque of 370 Nm and maximum power of 111 kW. The Volt can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in nine seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h.
The Volt is equipped with OnStar. Using their smart phones, Volt owners can check the charging status of their vehicles and time their charging based on their departure time and utility fees. In addition, owners can remotely initiate the “immediate plug-in charging” function and search for nearby charging stations. They can also access power and mileage information for battery and gasoline modes.
Another highlight of the electrification workshop was the Sail EV from Shanghai GM. The battery electric vehicle produces 510 Nm of torque and has a top speed of 130 km/h. Its range exceeds 130 km due to its power consumption per unit of under 15 kW/h.
The new Buick LaCrosse eAssist and Cadillac Escalade Hybrid rounded out GM’s new energy vehicle lineup shown in Guangzhou. The new LaCrosse eAssist upper-medium sedan consumes 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km at a constant speed of 90 km/h and 7.2 liters of fuel per 100 km under comprehensive driving conditions, giving it a fuel economy advantage of 20 percent over similar models with conventional internal combustion engines. The Escalade Hybrid can reduce fuel consumption by up to 40 percent when driving on urban roads. The luxury SUV consumes 11.2 liters of fuel per 100 km under combined road conditions, which is equivalent to the fuel consumption of common family cars.
GM China held its first electrification workshop in Shanghai on September 27. It followed that up with an electrification workshop in Beijing on October 29.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2012, GM sold more than 2.8 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.
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