General Motors will push on with pure-electric automobile tests with a new Chevrolet Cruze BEV trial program in Seoul, Korea. For plug-in vehicle proponents, that's the good news. The bad news? There are no plans to offer a production Cruze BEV in Korea – or anywhere else, for that matter.
GM announced today that the Cruze BEV, developed by GM Daewoo and LG, is getting around 100 miles per charge of its 31 kWh battery pack in early testing. The vehicle can accelerate from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and has a top speed of 102.5 miles per hour. A full charge from a 220V outlet will take 8-10 hours. Like the Volt, the Cruze BEV's battery pack is mounted to the underbody.
These are the early numbers. The real test program will start by the end of October, which brings us to another reason to be skeptical: the range estimates GM cites have not yet been validated. Hopefully, full tests – which will also include electrified GM Daewoo Lacetti Premieres – will prove the early numbers correct.