GM Says Chevy Bolt Electric Range Could Be Over 200 Miles

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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WARREN, Mich. – General Motors’ entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday. Today, GM announced an enormous level of partnership on the upcoming Chevy Bolt with LG, saying that this is “the first time that GM integrated a full EV component supplier so early in vehicle development.” Of course, GM hasn’t made that many EVs — and automakers work extensively with component suppliers all the time — but a pretty diverse and long list of Bolt parts will be either developed or manufactured by LG, ranging from the motor to the batteries to the instrument cluster and the infotainment system in the center stack.

General Motors is no stranger to electric vehicles, having given America one of the first somewhat “modern” entries into the sector with the GM EV1 (later called the Saturn EV1). The company also plans to market the Chevrolet Bolt, a small hatchback car due out late next year, as a crossover SUV as it tries to take advantage of the global thirst for SUVs. We won’t get into the politics that resulted in the untimely death of that vehicle, but GM has had greater success with its first generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and looks to advance the case with the second generation model.

The comments were made at an event at GM’s technical centre north of Detroit announcing joint development efforts with LG Electronics of Korea to design the Bolt’s electric motor, heating and air conditioning system, infotainment screen and other components. The Detroit automaker today announced a strategic partnership with LG, which will supply many of the systems around the car’s electric drive system. For American automakers that aren’t named Tesla, the Bolt is a make-or-break electric car, promising real-world range of over 200 miles for around $30,000. LG subsidiaries such as LG Electronics and LG Chem worked closely with GM to develop the prototype systems in the Bolt EV concept. “Being selected as GM’s EV technology partner positions LG as a key player in next-generation vehicular technologies,” said Woo-jong Lee, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Vehicle Components Co, said in a released statement. “The opportunity to work with GM on such game-changing technology is indicative of exactly the type of contributions that traditional tech companies can make in the automotive space.” This sort of partnership makes sense for General Motors and LG.

But a mass-market full electric will undoubtedly put substantial new strain on battery supply — something Tesla has been trying to get out ahead of with the development of Nevada’s Gigafactory in partnership with its own cell supplier, Panasonic. The Chevy Bolt will have a driving range of 200 miles per charge, and will have a base price of $37,500 before tax credits (the most popular credit will no doubt be the federal one which rings in at $7,500). Pam Fletcher, GM’s executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, said the company will try to get the Bolt classified as an SUV because it has the “spaciousness and utility” of a larger vehicle.

But given the attractive designs that Tesla has put out with the Roadster, Model S and Model X, the EV to watch in this space will be the Model III, which is due around the same time as the Bolt.

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