Reuss: New Chevrolet EV In The Pipeline
Looking to broaden Chevrolet’s green horizons, General Motors global product overlord Mark Reuss says a new EV is in the works, one that will join the Spark EV and the Volt. And just as TTAC reported earlier this year, the new vehicle will be based on the Chevrolet Sonic.
Automotive News reports the vehicle will likely be based upon the B-segment Sonic, have a range of 200 miles, and will become a part of the Bow Tie’s model portfolio by 2017 at the earliest, all according to two individuals close to the source. Reuss, for his part, didn’t disclose more than the fact the vehicle will soon exist.
The EV may have been in development for some time: prior to his departure for greener groves in 2013, then-CEO Dan Akerson said GM was working on a vehicle that would deliver 200 miles of travel on a single charge.
As for where it might be sold, the Spark EV is currently available only in California and Oregon, though the brand’s customers around the country would like to put the electric subcompact in their garages, per Reuss.
Reuss at his best.
A 200 mile EV is a worthy goal, but making it a Sonic seems like a really bad idea. I think it would probably be better and less expensive to make the next volt in two versions: battery only and battery + generator. I think you'd have to be crazy to pay 30,000 for a sonic, even if it was an EV. The best affordable pure EV out there right now is the new Kia Soul EV, the best battery + generator is definitely the volt, GM should build on that success and brand.
It's interesting how a few players are now promoting the 200-mile EV years ahead of time. Nissan's been fairly quiet about this, except the highest range I've heard might be available in Leaf 2.0 is about 150 miles. EV range has suddenly become akin to the towing capacity wars between trucks. GM's stylists will have to up their game if they think a Sonic EV will compete with the Model 3. Being homely is one reason Coda failed. The Roadster/Lotus, Model S, and Model X all give me hope that the Model 3 will be a looker. Pretty girls don't sell cars; pretty cars sell cars.
Is it worth making something off the Sonic when you have the Spark EV already? Aren't they REALLY similar in size, and customer base?