New Sail Electric Concept Vehicle Debuts in China

General Motors has taken the wraps off a new electric concept vehicle called the Sail. It debuted in China at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show, which began today.

The Sail electric concept vehicle was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai. Based on the Chevrolet Sail that went on sale at the beginning of the year, it is an environmentally friendly small car that is targeted at ordinary Chinese families, according to GM.

The Sail electric concept vehicle is powered by a lithium-ion battery with maximum output of 65 kW and maximum torque of 220 Nm (or 162 lb. ft.). It has a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) and can go up to 150 kilometers (about 90 miles) on a single electric charge. It uses regenerative braking to produce additional energy. The Intelligent Charging Assisting System maximizes the energy conversion ratio.

“GM is committed to delivering a range of advanced propulsion technologies and offering a portfolio of solutions that will allow our customers to choose the vehicle that best meets their needs,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group, said in an announcement from the show. “GM’s expertise in batteries, electric motors and power controls will enable us to provide the best possible choices when it comes to vehicle electrification technologies.”

By the way, the picture accompanying this post is of the Chevrolet Sail. No pictures of the EV concept were available via GM.

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