[ad#post_ad]The Volt is weeks away from its consumer launch, with the first retail production car expected to roll off the assembly line on November 11th. GM has announced they expect to begin an advertising blitz for the car which will start during the World Series.
Though GM has made it clear form the beginning , the purpose of the Volt is freedom form range anxiety, and it is clearly the major focus of their US marketing efforts, the automaker is quietly leveraging its global reach to develop a pure EV program as well.
So far we have heard of a fleet of Cruze EVs undergoing tests in Korea, and a pure electric Chevrolet New Sail for production in China next year.
Earlier this week GM Europe announced it was beginning a small scale test fleet of electric crossovers. The vehicles are based on the Opel Meriva which is a small MPV in production in Europe. The test fleet has been developed by GM/Opel in conjunction with MeRegioMobil which is an e-mobility project, and is funded in part by the German government.
The fleet consists of three of electrified Merivas and is indented to study the effects of 4o0-v fast charging and the ability of the vehicle to participate in vehicle-to-grid technology. This is the scenario where the car itself acts as an energy buffer, allowing energy to flow back into the grid when demand calls for it, and the driver doesn’t need it.
The vehicle uses a Volt-sized 16 kwh lithium-ion battery pack and an 80 kw electric motor. The motor is dampened to 60 kw in eco-mode. It has a maximum range of 40 miles and a 0 to 60 time of 11 seconds.
The 400-v fast charger can refill the battery in 1 hour.
“These demonstration vehicles, along with others GM has announced in other markets, will be used to study the practicality, user friendliness, and acceptance of electric vehicles among consumers. With our demonstration, we are making an important contribution to the definition of European standards for energy infrastructure, electricity saving technology and data communications,” said Opel Vice President of Engineering Rita Forst.
Though obviously low in volume this fleet illustrates how GM is leveraging global opportunities to simultaneously study several key aspects of electric cars, in this case fast charging and V2G. When the market calls for it, GM will be more than ready to launch a pure electric for global sale.
“Electric mobility opens for Opel and the entire automotive industry the door to greater independence from fossil fuels and can deliver transportation with zero vehicle emissions.” said Forst. “Our contribution to MeRegioMobil is embedded in GM’s global corporate strategy of developing and demonstrating electric vehicles in daily use.”
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