November 27, 2021

Chevrolet Electric Cruze Test Slated In South Korea

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze

US automaker General Motors has announced that it will introduce a test fleet of electric automobiles in South Korea while it works on developing battery-powered models of the Chevrolet Cruze.

General Motors will get started with the venture, in conjunction with South Korea’s LG Electronics, during the last week of October.

Powered by batteries developed by LG Chemical and propulsion systems by LG Electronics, the Cruze EV test fleet will be General Motor’s first electric vehicle in the compact sedan class to hit the road.

The South Korean demo fleet will include Chevrolet Cruzes as well as GM’s Daewoo Lacetti Premieres. GM markets the Lacetti Premieres using the local Daewoo brand in South Korea. The goal of the project is to gather data on both customer acceptance and battery performance and range.

GM says that they have no plan to sell the electric version of the Cruze in the U.S.  However, a gasoline powered version will be introduced to the US market next year.

By evaluating the all-electric Cruze that includes no gasoline engine, it is apparent that GM is working on a totally electric compact vehicle.

GM spokesman Rob Peterson said “There’s no plan to put an electric Cruze in the U.S. market. As battery technology matures and that (charging) infrastructure increases as well, battery-electric vehicles could hold a great deal of potential.”

GM executives have consistently stated that the power system used in the rechargeable electric Chevy Volt will be employed in more models.

Chevrolet’s Volt can travel approximately 40 miles on battery power alone. After that, a small gasoline engine begins to generate power for the vehicle.