The first pure electric vehicle from a joint venture company appeared in Guangzhou in Thursday. The Chevrolet Sail was developed in partnership between SAIC and GM in Shanghai, but with the gasoline powertrain removed and the addition of an electric powertrain the Sail has now become the SPRINGO.
â€œProduction of the Sail SPRINGO EV is an important milestone in Shanghai GM’s â€˜Drive to Greenâ€™ product strategy,â€ said Shanghai GM President Ye Yongming. â€œIt demonstrates Shanghai GM’s success in the pursuit of electrification and other eco-friendly technologies for the benefit of our customers.â€
Based off a new electric vehicle architecture developed by Shanghai GM in conjunction with PATAC, the Sail SPRINGO EV has an emissions-free propulsion system. Its permanent magnet electric motor is capable of producing 85 kW of power and up to 510 Nm of torque, allowing acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h from a standing start in just over 10 seconds. Pushing the Sport button provides a 20 percent boost in acceleration at the beginning and middle of the torque curve compared to pressing the accelerator in a gasoline-powered vehicle. The top speed is 130 km/h. Its stability during high-speed cruising and cornering is optimized by a new tailored full-frame chassis with an enhanced stabilizer bar and a finely tuned suspension.
Buyers of the Sail SPRINGO EV in Shanghai will enjoy incentives of up to RMB 60,000 from the central government and RMB 40,000 from the Shanghai government. In addition, the car will qualify for a free local Shanghai license plate exclusively for electric vehicles.
The Sail SPRINGO EV will come with a vehicle warranty of three years or 80,000 km, as well as a battery warranty of five years or 100,000 km. Until the â€œDrive to Greenâ€ sales network is established, Shanghai GM’s Buick and Chevrolet service centers will provide Sail SPRINGO EV owners door-to-door service and exclusive steward service for a worry-free driving and maintenance experience.