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Shanghai-GM Springo EV

GM Debuts Electric Sail in China

By Eric Loveday November 30, 2012

The Sail EV is GM’s first production vehicle developed by a Chinese venture.

At Auto Guangzhou Shanghai General Motors its first localized electric the Sail Springo EV. The vehicle was by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Center under its Green to Technology Strategy.

The Springo EV features an electric that produces up to 114 horsepower and 376 of torque. The electric Springo from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 10 seconds and tops out at 81 mph. By the Sport button, Springo can realize a 20 percent boost in for a few seconds.

The Springo EV takes seven hours to fully from a 220-volt connection via its charger. Range is listed at 81 under typical driving and up to 124 miles at a constant speed of 37

As for price, GM says the Springo EV retail for a surprising $41,460, but incentives available in Shanghai drop its effective price by $16,000. The Springo EV will in limited numbers starting in as part of GM’s electric trial program.

China’s in 2009 released an ambitious to build an electric vehicle in China that called for production of 500,000 units of electric cars, plug-in and conventional hybrids by 2012. It realized that China’s technologyand other components to produce electric vehicles was not up to the It has since released a revised and more realistic plan for production to reach that by 2015.

Shanghai-GM Springo EV

Beijing has also dialed its focus on battery electric in the near term in favor of and PHEVs.

The problem is, Chinese are not eager to buy expensive and, in minds untested, technology, with hefty government thrown in. Sales have very slow, in the thousands. are where the real potential for lies in China and Beijing to be pushing local governments in to electrify their taxi and bus more quickly.

But, just as in the U.S. the government is also pushing of passenger cars towards fuel vehicles by imposing stiffer fuel economy Ray Bierzynski, the former executive of electrification strategy for GM China, PluginCars.com last year,“The are going to have to include EVs in product mix to meet that But, he added, “It be a continuum of technologies, including vehicles and EVs.”

Just what direction China electrification strategy take is up in the air now, however. was recently appointed to an executive at GM’s minivan and small car venture with Shanghai and Wuling.

As for the Springo, it is unlikely to go volume production, but GM likes to the Chinese government happy announcements of new EVs, like the one at Auto Guangzhou 2012.

Shanghai-GM Springo EV
Shanghai-GM Springo EV

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