New electric car with range extender
General Motors attacks the BMW i3 with cheap electricity
Mini-Stromer: The Chevrolet Spark eV. However, the Americans also plan a current with a larger range than a cheap alternative to the Chevrolet Volt
New electric car with Range Extender: General Motors attacks the BMW i3 with cheap electricity
Site editor Sebastian Viehmann
The Chevrolet Volt is quite successful, but very expensive for US conditions. In 2016, according to media reports, a low-budget current is to appear that comes 320 kilometers-significantly further and cheaper than the BMW i3. As an Opel, the car could also come to Europe.
320 kilometers of range purely electrically and another petrol engine on top: According to a report by the Bloomberg business service, General Motors works on a new electric car that is supposed to drive many competitors on the wall when it comes to range. The magical 200 mile limit (the equivalent of around 320 kilometers) is intended to achieve the Stromer, among other things, through progress in battery technology. As "Bloomberg" reports, the car should be launched in 2016 and cost less than 30,000 euros, the equivalent of around 22,000 euros. This is still a lot of money in the United States, for this sum you get a mid -range car there. However, it would be considerably less than BMW for the i3, which (without state-specific taxes) costs $ 41,350 and with a battery load 130 to 160 kilometers-in the best case and in savings mode according to BMW 190 kilometers- can drive wide.In the case of technology components, the compact GM stromer will use the Chevrolet Volt. To extend the electrical range, it therefore has a small combustion engine as "Range extender" on board, which produces electricity for the battery during the trip as a generator as a generator. The engine could be operated with petrol, ethanol, diesel or gas as a fuel. Or at General Motors this principle means "E-REV" and stands for "Extended Range Electric Vehicle". The BMW i3 also has a mini engine as a electricity generator on board for an additional charge.
One size smaller – and also bigger
It remains open how quickly General Motors can earn money with his Stromer. "Typically, with new technologies, the great cost savings only come when you switch to the next generation", The former GM Europe boss Nick Reilly said two years ago-in other words: General Motors still pays a lot on the volt. Cost savings in the batteries and the production is therefore the motto. The concept of the E-REV, according to Nick Reilly 2011, works "Both one size larger and a number smaller" As the volt. In fact, the Americans showed a large-scale study called Volt MPV on the Beijing Motor Show, which afterwards disappeared in the sinking.
Cattle man In 2010 GM showed this enlarged Chevrolet Volt as at the Beijing car show "Volt MPV"
GM is currently offering only one emergency solution below the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, which all in all sold well: the Chevrolet Spark eV converted into a electricity. For a price of almost $ 20,000 – after deducting the state electric car funding of $ 7500 – the car has a range of $ 130 kilometers. You can currently only buy the car in the states of California and Oregon because Stromer is specially promoted there. The most expensive element of the Spark eV is its 20 kilowatt hours of large lithium-ion battery.
To also have an Opel?
While the Chevrolet brand is completely withdrawing from Europe, the new entry -level current of the Americans, which is targeted for 2016, should also create to Europe – similar to the Opel Ampera / Chevrolet Volt as the sister model of the US current. Electric cars are currently still difficult in Germany due to the lack of funding, haphazard infrastructure and low ranges . The industry mainly looks at whether BMW has success with its (for German manufacturers) groundbreaking i3.
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