According to a GM official, the automaker plans to double the range of the typical EV, but at the same time reducing costs.
Doug Parks, GM’s global product development chief, said that he cannot give a timeline for when such a vehicle, with an estimated cost of $30,000, will go into production, as the company is still worried about the lower than expected consumer response to the first wave of EVs.
If GM will develop an EV with a 200-mile range this would come close to the range of Tesla’s Model S, which is offered with a choice of several battery packs, among which an extended-version reaching 265 miles on a single charge. GM’s EV will also reach twice the range of Chevrolet Spark’s 82 miles per charge, in line with most other current electric vehicles including the Ford Focus EV and the Nissan Leaf.
The difference between Tesla and GM’s electric vehicles is that the Model S uses the D-cell-style lithium-ion battery placed under the passenger compartment, while the Chevy Volt uses a custom-made, T-shaped lithium battery pack which intrudes into the passenger compartment. This design would make it difficult for the automaker to fit a pack large enough to offer 200 miles.