General Motors (GM) launched the Chevrolet Menlo sedan in China, the brand's first fully electric vehicle in the world's largest EV market. The sporty-looking hatchback was also the third EV that GM rolled out in China, following the Buick Velite 6 EV and Baojun E-series, all produced by joint-venture partnerships in China, the Xinhua news agency reported. According to GM, the Chevrolet Menlo will be initially offered in Beijing, available in four variants priced from 1,59,900 yuan to 1,79,900 yuan ($22,800 to $25,700) after national subsidies for new energy vehicles.
"Along with being a new energy vehicle, the Chevrolet Menlo inherits Chevrolet's sporty DNA that dates back to its founding by race car drivers," said Scott Lawson, general director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, a Shanghai-based joint venture. "It will meet the performance and styling demands of our customers and at the same time provide the efficiency that new energy vehicle owners expect," he added.
Based on the concept vehicle of Chevrolet FNR-X, Chevrolet Menlo has a constant-speed range of up to 410 km under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge. GM outlined its "All-Electric Path to Zero Emissions" in October 2017, and announced a new electric offensive with 20 new all-electric vehicles to launch by 2023.
In the rapidly expanding Chinese EV market, which saw a half of the world's total sales, GM now faces fierce competition not only from local brands and European automakers but also the American EV giant Tesla.