Chevrolet set to trial Cruze EV in Korea in October

Chevrolet is to test a fleet of electric Cruzes in Seoul, Korea to determine electric car driving patterns and “real world” behaviour.

The project – a shared development between Chevrolet parent company GM, LG Chem and LG electronics – will be launched by the end of October.

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GM says the study “will provide real-world data on customer acceptance of battery electric vehicles, studying driving patterns and charging behavior”.

The Cruze EVs will have a 31 kWh battery pack made by LG Chem that is mounted on the underbody. Chevrolet claims the car will have a range of 100 miles, a 0-62 mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 103mph.

On a 220-volt output, the Cruze EV can be fully recharged in eight to 10 hours. The project has been initiated partly to test a “quick charge” application designed to reduce charging time.See all the latest Chevrolet reviews, news and video

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The Chevrolet Cruze raises the bar for Chevrolet, but not for rivals including Skoda, Hyundai or Kia

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