Just as promised in its "drive to green" roadmap for the next five years (see Shanghai GM Sets 2015 "Drive to Green" Goals), Shanghai GM unveiled an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Sail subcompact before the year-end at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show held between Dec 20 and Dec. 27. Displayed alongside the Volt plug-in hybrid, which is to hit the Chinese market in late 2011, the pure-electric Sail debuted as a futuristic-looking concept and yet is described as fully prepared for volume production in two or three years.
Developed by Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), an auto engineering and design venture founded by SAIC and GM and based in Shanghai, the Sail EV is powered by 22kWh lithium-ion battery packs (compared with Nissan Leaf’s 24kWh battery), which take about 7 hours to fully recharge in normal conditions. The electric motor can put out up to 65kW of power and 220Nm of torque, allowing the car to run as fast as 130km/h. The electric Sail has a nominal range of 150km.
Besides the Volt and Sail EV, Shanghai GM also plans to release a hybrid version of Buick LaCrosse in a year or two.