The Sail SPRINGO EV was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), making it the first production electric vehicle created by a Chinese joint venture.
The SPRINGO EV pure electric vehicle meets the highest global electric vehicle standards, using the latest industry battery and electric drive technology.
The Sail SPRINGO EV is well suited for urban environments. Its pure electric propulsion system delivers an exceptional driving experience that rivals traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. The vehicle’s electric motor produces minimal sound, for a distinctly peaceful commute.
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 (0-62 mph) 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 (80 mph). 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.
The Sail SPRINGO EV’s battery and electric drive technology were developed based on the most advanced global electric vehicle standards for maximum energy efficiency. The result is an exceptionally long electric range of 130 km (80 miles) under a variety of road conditions and 200 (127 miles) km at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37 mph), which is sufficient to meet the daily needs of most people living in urban areas.
The Sail SPRINGO EV consumes less than 15 kWh for every 100 km, which is less than most electric vehicles currently on the market. The Sail SPRINGO EV costs just RMB 4.6 per 100 km to drive when charged during lower-cost off-peak hours (between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.).
The Sail SPRINGO EV is environmental and user friendly, with a host of advanced vehicle telematics. It can be charged using a 3.3-kW charging station or a standard household outlet. It takes approximately seven hours for the battery to be fully charged using a dedicated 220V connection. There are three charging modes available: immediate charging, time delay charging, and time delay and rate charging. This enables customers to choose the charging option that fits their needs.
Vehicle charging can also be managed and monitored remotely using a smart phone mobile app provided by Shanghai OnStar. Owners can use the app to perform a range of functions remotely, such as starting the vehicle’s heater or air conditioner. OnStar’s service system also carries out remote vehicle monitoring and analysis of other vehicle systems, and provides drivers with additional vehicle information such as tire pressure. If abnormal data is detected, the OnStar system will immediately contact the owner to provide safety information and instructions.
Yet another feature allows owners to check energy usage and remaining charge level with a touch of the Energy Leaf button. A color display, multimedia entertainment system and information display center with a 7-inch high-definition dual touchscreen offer drivers and passengers an easy-to-use interactive experience.
A world-class safety design protects Sail SPRINGO EV occupants in the event of a collision. The vehicle passed an extensive array of more than 20 collision tests during its development to verify its safety.
Developed to meet the strictest global electric vehicle safety standards, the Sail SPRINGO EV fully complies with safety requirements for pure electric vehicles in China. Its newly designed front and rear anti-collision beams made from ultra-high strength steel and its strong and comprehensive body structure protect the battery pack in the event of a collision. The battery pack and powertrain have performed normally after rigorous testing in various conditions.
All of Shanghai GM’s new energy vehicles, including the Sail SPRINGO EV, will be sold through an exclusive “Drive to Green” sales network. The first showroom is expected to open in the first half of 2013 in Shanghai. The exclusive sales and aftersales service network will be expanded to key new energy vehicle demo cities based on local market conditions and the development of the new energy vehicle industry and charging infrastructure.
The Sail SPRINGO EV will come with a vehicle warranty of three years or 80,000 km (50,000 miles), as well as a battery warranty of five years or 100,000 km (62,000 miles). Until the “Drive to Green” 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.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]