Chevrolet to test electric Cruze

Chevrolet’s first ever fully electric car, based on the Cruze hatchback, is being tested in Seoul, Korea, to test out the technology and to study customers driving patterns.

Featuring a 150kW electric motor, the 201hp electric Cruze is capable of 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds and has a maximum speed of 102.5mph.

The 31kWh battery can be fully recharged in eight to ten hours, but a fast charging system similar to the one available in the Peugeot iOn would be expected for a full production version.

As it is only a demo vehicle, the electric Cruze will use the body of a standard Cruze model, but the battery will be tucked away at the base of the vehicle to maximise storage space.

The Chevrolet Cruze electric fleet will now be tested from the end of October to create a range of data and gauge public reaction to the car. The vehicles will then be tested in other key markets, with UK trials a possibility in one of the brand’s key European markets.

However, as the technology has been developed in less than a year, don’t expect a production version in the near future.

Instead, General Motors will continue to focus on marketing the Chevrolet Volt in America and the rebadged version, the Vauxhall Ampera, in the UK.

The Ampera will compete with the all-electric Nissan Leaf in the UK market and Vauxhall is expected to highlight the extended range of 350 miles compared to the Leaf’s 100 mile range as a major selling point.