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Saturday, January 19, 2013

AC Propulsion and GAC group unveil SUV EV Concept in Detroit

AC Propulsion, the company that developed the technology behind the Tesla Roadster, and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) unveiled their Trumpchi GS5-BEV Electric Vehicle Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on the internal-combustion Trumpchi GS5 SUV which was introduced in March of 2012, the new concept was jointly developed by GAC and California-based AC Propulsion.

AC Propulsion’s Gen 3 Integrated Drive & Recharge System features a high-efficiency induction motor that delivers 225 Nm of torque and 150 kW (200 hp) of power. The Power Electronics Unit integrates the motor drive electronics and an 18 kW onboard charger, and features bi-directional power capability to enable Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications. The 35 kWh Li-ion battery pack is mounted low to improve vehicle stability, and is managed by AC Propulsion’s LOM control system. The concept SUV has a driving range of 100 miles.

AC Propulsion President Paul Carosa said, “We are delighted to work with forward-looking companies such as GAC Group that share a vision of developing environment friendly vehicles without sacrificing vehicle performance.”

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