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GM Working on 200-Mile EV Based on Chevrolet Sonic

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/8/2014 Kelly Pleskot
2014 Chevrolet Sonic© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

General Motors will introduce a third electric model to the Chevrolet lineup, one that's said to be based on the Chevy Sonic and will travel 200 miles on a single charge.


GM global product boss Mark Reuss confirmed Chevrolet's plan for a new EV last week, reports Automotive News. Although he didn't give a timetable for the new car's arrival, two sources familiar with the matter claim it will be an EV based on the current Chevrolet Sonic. Expect the new car to arrive in 2017, the sources said.

As we previously reported, LG Chem will supply GM with batteries with a 200-mile range by 2016, slated for the next-gen Volt and likely Chevy's upcoming pure EV. If the electrified Chevy Sonic-based model meets its 200-mile range target, that would put it way above other competitors on the market like the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, and Fiat 500e. It would even surpass the Kia Soul's 93-mile range, which is currently the highest of any mainstream EV on the market excluding the Tesla Model S.

Chevrolet currently offers two vehicles in its electric arsenal: the Volt compact plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV subcompact. While the Volt has garnered nationwide attention, the Spark EV is currently only sold in Oregon and California. We wonder if the Sonic EV could take away buyers from the slightly- smaller Spark, considering the new car's significant range advantage.

Last year, then-CEO Dan Akerson said that GM is on the cusp of new battery technology and would offer two new electric vehicles with different ranges to suit different buyers. He said one new car would provide 200 miles on a charge, while another most likely lower-cost model would deliver 100 miles.

Source: Automotive News


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