Published on October 3rd, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GM to develop electric cars in China with SAIC
GM plans to develop an electric vehicle with Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp., and it won’t be just a copy of the Chevrolet Volt. GM and SAIC announced the project in a statement. GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky confirmed that GM will form a 50-50 joint venture with SAIC to develop an EV for the Chinese market. That vehicle will be designed by the Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), a design studio in Shanghai run by the two partners. The EV will be a new vehicle, not an adaptation of an existing model like the Chevy Sonic, Girsky said. But he did not indicate whether the vehicle would be a small city car, when it would be introduced or how much it will cost. As the project moves forward, GM will move ahead with its plans to import small numbers of the Chevrolet Volt into China.