Chevrolet unveils Beat battery electric vehicle

General Motors India today unveiled the Chevrolet Beat battery electric vehicle, or BEV, as part of ongoing celebrations of World Environment Day.

The demonstration vehicle would be used by GM India to showcase the effectiveness of battery electric vehicle technology in the country. The company's engineers would also use the vehicle to address potential cost savings to help make BEVs more affordable for global customers.

The Chevrolet Beat Electric Vehicle is powered by a 300 cell lithium-ion battery with a total energy capacity of approximately 20 kWh. The 270 kg battery can power the Beat for at least 130 km under normal driving conditions in one charge and the liquid cooled battery can operate in temperatures ranging from approximately -20 deg C to 45 deg C. The charge times are less than 8 hours with a 240V outlet.
 
The power transmission from the battery to the drive wheels is achieved through a single speed drive unit and an electric motor delivering approximately 45kW of power.

Karl Slym, president and managing director, General Motors India, speaking on the occasion said, "General Motors is committed to providing customers around the world with electrification technologies that will reduce their fuel consumption, helping them save money. GM India will lead in this 'tailored for India' demo programme for battery electric technology, with Chevrolet Beat chosen as the best way to evaluate the technology. We are delighted that Chevrolet selected India as an important market to test battery electric technology, while recognising the capabilities of our engineering team to help identify ways to make this technology more affordable."

General Motors plans to showcase the technology in other countries, including Korea, China and Germany.