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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Chevrolet Cruze Electric Car - Korea
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Korea's Chevrolet Cruze Demos Electric Power

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - General Motors has announced that they have started a demonstration project to create an electric powered test fleet of Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for South Korea. The Chevrolet Cruze electric car is a joint development project between GM Daewoo, LG Chem, and LG Electronics and it has been announced that the test car fleet will undergo trials on the streets of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

LG Chem will supply the Chevrolet Cruze's lithium-ion battery pack, which has a capacity of 31-kwh and generates a maximum output power of 150 kW. The electric Chevrolet Cruze is quite fast and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.2 seconds with a top speed of 165 km/h (102.5 mph). GM says the Cruze can be charged to full capacity in eight to ten hours off of a standard 230V household outlet, and the company will be testing even faster quick charge applications for the battery pack on the demo fleet in Korea.

GM has mounted the battery pack for the Cruze in the underbody, so there is no loss in passenger or cargo space as a result of converting the vehicle to electric power. The Chevrolet Cruze's battery supplier, LG Chem, also supplies the lithium-ion battery pack for General Motor's latest 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which goes on sale in December in the United States, introducing its advanced electric drive - hybrid powered design to the marketplace.

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