Co-developed with its Shanghai GM joint venture and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), the Chevrolet Sail Concept made its debut last week at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show. A super-clean electric variation on the gasoline-powered Sail compact that was introduced in that country earlier this year, it's aimed at ordinary Chinese families with extraordinary environmental leanings. The one-off Sail was one of 23 different concept and production vehicles the automaker put on display under a "Drive to Green and Leading Innovation" theme. Among the others GM presented was the new Chevrolet Volt.
The Chevrolet Sail Concept is fitted with an electric motor that develops 87 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Capable of reaching 81 mph, a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack holds enough electricity to let it travel up to 93 miles on a single charge. To optimize range, the Chevrolet Sail Concept uses both regenerative braking and an Intelligent Charging Assisting System that maximizes the energy conversion ratio.
In presenting the Chevrolet Sail Concept, Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group said: "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. Our expertise in batteries, electric motors and power controls will enable us to provide the best possible choices when it comes to vehicle electrification technologies."