At the Auto Guangzhou 2012, Shanghai General Motors launched its first localized new energy vehicle christened Sail SPRINGO EV. Shanghai General Motors is a joint venture of US carmaker General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Motor. The vehicle was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) under the ‘Green to Drive’ product strategy to produce electric and hybrid vehicles.
The new EV is powered by a permanent magnet electric motor that can produce a maximum output power of 85kW and about 510Nm of torque. The Sail can sail up to 0-100km/h in 10 seconds and can reach a top speed of 130 km/h.
Further, by pressing the Sport button you can achieve a 20 percent boost in acceleration at the beginning and middle of the torque curve. An enhanced full-frame chassis with improved stabilizer bar and a finely tuned suspension will provide stability during high speeds.
It takes seven hours from a 220 volt connection to fully recharge the car. It can be charged by a regular socket or even a 3.3-kW charging station. Many functions of the car and the charging statistics can be controlled by way of a smartphone application.
The EV will be priced at $40,000 in China. Shanghai GM provides a 3-year/80,000 km warranty that can be extended to 5-years or 100,000 km for the battery.