Tuesday, September 15, 2009

GM is Exporting China-made Vehicles to the US (sort of)

Automotive News China (free sub reqd) reports that an electric truck made by Wuling is being distributed in the US by ZAP of Santa Rosa California.

These odd-looking trucks are categorized as low-speed vehicles or LSVs, and are only licensed to travel at speeds of 25 mph (40 kph) or less on US roads. Being classified as "low-speed" and weighing less than 3000 pounds, they are also not subject to US crash-testing requirements.

The body, chassis, brakes, steering, etc., are manufactured by Shanghai-GM-Wuling and outfitted with German EV technology. They are designed to be used primarily on the premises of large businesses such as military bases and airports.

The first batch of 100 were exported to the US earlier this year, so, in a sense, there are already vehicles made by GM in China driving the roads somewhere in the US.

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