GM to produce next-generation EVs in South Korea

General Motors plans to produce its next generation of electric cars at its Bupyeong, South Korea, plant, as the US automaker increases its investment in the fast-growing vehicle technology. GM Korea head Sergio Rocha told journalists at this week’s Seoul Auto Show that the new model will be designed from the ground up as an EV, not adapted from a legacy model, and that it will be a bit larger than the Spark EV (pictured above).

“This car has a lot of similarities with the products we produce today in Bupyeong,” Rocha said in an interview with Reuters. GM Korea currently makes more than 40 percent of Chevrolet’s smaller models at the Bupyeong plant, including the Aveo, Trax, Captiva and Malibu, as well as the Spark EV, which went into production this month, and is due to go on sale in the US in July.

GM will continue working with South Korea’s LG Chem to supply batteries for its EVs.

America’s largest automaker is shifting into high gear in the plug-in market. It has ramped up production of the Volt, plans to introduce the new 2014 edition in May, and is currently retooling for the upcoming plug-in Cadillac ELR, InsideEVs reported. Earlier this month, CEO Dan Akerson made the tantalizing statement that new GM plug-ins in development include one with a 200-mile range.

 

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Sources: Reuters