Editor’s Note: There are rumors that LG is connected to this 200-mile electric car plan.
Since last summer there have been rumors that GM is building a $30,000 electric car with a driving range of 200 miles, and the Detroit Free Press reports that GM has confirmed the existence of this EV, minus any revealing details.
Select investors and media were invited to check out several upcoming GM vehicles, though no cameras or phones were allowed, and press were limited to audio feed only. As such, we don’t know much of anything about this $30,000 electric car GM is supposedly building, other than that it does actually exist. The technology is separate from the Voltec drivetrain found in the Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR, as well as GM’s only pure electric car, the Chevy Spark EV.
Rumor has it that the 200-mile EV could actually be a Chevy Sonic, and could arrive as soon as 2016, though production numbers could be limited and sales directed only at states like California and Oregon, which mandate a certain number of zero-emissions vehicles. That would be a terrible shame if true, because this sounds like a legitimate rival to the $35,000, 200-mile Tesla Model III due out in 2017.
GM CEO Mark Reuss also showed off pictures or prototypes of the upcoming Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid, the redesigned 2016 Chevy Volt, the 2016 Chevy Camaro sports car and Equinox crossover, as well as a new Buick compact crossover as well. But it’s this 200-mile EV that has piqued my interest, as it would give buyers as much range as a Tesla Model S, but for less than half the price. Knowing it’s for real is one thing, but knowing when it will go into production and where it will be sold?