All-New Chevrolet Menlo Debuts In China30
As expected, the all-new Chevrolet Menlo EV has just made its debut in China during the 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night.
As the Chevrolet’s first fully-electric vehicle to make its way to China, the Chevrolet Menlo EV uses GM’s latest-generation, highly efficient battery and electric propulsion technology. Thanks to high amounts of accumulated experience in electric vehicles along with GM’s global quality standards, the new Menlo has a pure electric drive system that is not only efficient, but highly reliable.
The all-new Chevrolet Menlo EV has a maximum range of 410 kilometers (255 miles) on a single charge, as verified by the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). This range is practically identical to that of the Buick Velite 6 Plus MAV, confirming our suspicions that the Menlo and Velite 6 MAV are identical in terms of platforms and propulsion technologies.
Aesthetically, the new Chevrolet Menlo EV adopts the athletic design direction of the 2017 Chevrolet FNR-X Concept, which at the time exemplified Chevy’s design direction, along with serving as a brand showcase for innovation and ingenuity. As such, the Menlo EV is a crossover that has a rather innovative appearance, with a strong, sporty appearance. Its dimensions measure in at 183.6 inches in length on a 104.7-inch wheelbase, 71.6 inches in width and 60.6 inches in height.
Additionally, GM stated that the Chevrolet Menlo EV is equipped with intelligent connectivity technology that provides a new experience of convenient and ecological use. This includes a new generation of Chevrolet’s infotainment system, with high-resolution displays and connectivity capabilities that deliver such innovative new features as a virtual key, remote control, intelligent voice recognition and more.
No photos of the interior are available as of this writing.
GM will share more details about the new Chevrolet Menlo EV when it shows up at the 2019 Guangzhou Auto Show, which runs from November 22nd through December 1st. Thereafter, the vehicle will go on sale in China during the first half of 2020.
As of this writing, we are not aware of any plans to market the new Chevrolet Menlo outside of China.
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Not a looker per say but better than what I had envisioned. GM needs to design an EV with some panache like Ford is doing with the Mach E
Well, it’s okay. Trendy, for sure.
But they must of had a sale on lines, creases, floating roofs, squinty eyes, and bulbous bulges throughout the industry.
Everybody is jamming in every styling cliche that is known to mankind. It makes my eyes hurt.
Mary Barra needs to bring the Chevrolet Menlo to the United States as one has to wonder about how many mistakes one woman can make and still keep her job.. you know it would be different if Donald J Trump was General Motors CEO because America first would mean getting all of the good things and having everything manufactured in the USA.
GM EV’s will be coming to the USA, according to the chart GM Authority provided a while back.
I guess starting in China is smart because it’s the largest market, and, the Chinese are more accepting of EV propulsion, at this point.
It may be a good thing? Let them Beta test over there, and work out the issues.
But again, I agree. I’m not sure about Mary, Quite Contrary. Maybe her vision is genius and we just don’t get it?
Time will tell. And as you know, history is made by the, moment…now.
Why are you bringing politics into this? He’s not the CEO of GM, it’s completely irrelevant, don’t take the conversation wildly off-topic.
Go back to your usual schtick about how GM should wedge V8 engines into FWD crossovers.
This EV is in China because the Chi-Comm’s are forcing EV’s on their population. Shut off the power and you shut off mobility…. Market forces in the Free World mean EV’s are driven by demand, clearly created by Marketing, that is unless Gubments force them on the people. GM is following the dictates of this, the largest market and offers vehicles we don’t get there as that is their focus.
As North America has their most expensive production costs GM will spend the next 4 years preparing for the next UAW fight and that won’t be pretty for GM production employees. The costs are not sustainable long term. My perspective on this is not unlike what the Germans decided years ago that exports would ALL be premium vehicles with premium prices. Perhaps every US made vehicle needs to be premium and I mean Lincoln Aviator premium NOT XT6 premium… REAL premium in order to justify US production costs. Otherwise long term US Automotive Mfg is going to increase automation and line employees will go the way of the buggy whip…
If Trump was CEO of GM all the cars would be made in China and given to Ukraine for free in exchange for a favor…
This will be here.
It looks decent and really does not have that science fair project look of an EV.
At least they did not try to mimick the Camaro in a lazy way to design a vehicle.
The Chevy went smaller on. The tires I am sure for range but they look out of proportion compared to the wheel well. The Blazer with the larger wheels are better proportioned.
If cutting. Wheel size resize the wheel wells.
I’ve been looking but can’t seem to figure out what platform this and the Buick Velite 6 ride on. I’m under the impression it’s riding on a modified D2XX platform like the Volt did. That could explain why GM has no plans on bringing it here since the platform is getting a little old.
Can anyone confirm?
No, this vehicle uses the BEV 2 Platform from Bolt, and so does the Velite 6. D2xx was used on Velite 5. However, both platforms use a variation of the Voltec Electric propulsion system.
BEV3 will be an entirely new electric propulsion system and will not use Voltec. It will have the Global B electrical Architecture, which is not compatible with Voltec.
This is most certainly not BEV2 as the Buick Velite 6 also has a PHEV version. BEV2 cannot accommodate a gas engine.
The velite 6 PHEV is based off the D2, but BEV uses the BEV2 Platform modified for China only.
The Chinese consumers respect new technology, while Americans (particularly in red states) willfully deny their existence. When you have so many “Diesel Ram Screws with Tesla” videos, and so much other anti EV Junk going on, how can you logically expect GM to sell a Viable BEV here ? Most GM customers vote Republicans with big oil donations, and these representatives don’t want EV’s to succeed. If you wanted EV’s to succeed, then vote for a representative who will help achieve that.
Also, why are none of my comments getting approved ? As a former Employee of GM who worked on Voltec, I feel obliged to comment on EV news, and I feel my opinion will contribute positively.
People respect EV just they are not willing to pay more for it over already expensive ICE models.
They are not willing to change their life style to deal with charging and the cost of charging is not cheaper than gas right now.
Case in point. Nov/Dec SAE Automotive Magazine just did a story on driving a EV from Pittsburg to Detroit and back.
The trip normally is just a little over 4.5 hours one way so 9 hours total on Gas. It can be done on 3 tanks of gas.
They used a Jaguar EV and it resulted in 6 stops.
#1 79 miles recharge time 52 min. $33.51
#2 226 miles recharge 60 min $38.45
#3 308 miles recharge time 35 min $12.61
#4 317 miles free charge no time recorded but 1 approx hotel provided charger.
#5 317 miles 43 min charge $27.98
#6 570 miles 62 min charge $40.02
#7 into Pittsburg total 636 miles.
Round trip was 636 miles took 16 hours. You will add more than 7 hours to your trip. The stops were in Youngstown, Toledo and Detroit. None are places you really would desire to hang around for an hour if you are trying to get home or to where you are going.
Once the price comes down on batteries and the charge times match a fill of gas this will help. What I found concerning is the cost of charges. If electric rates go up as we are not building new power plants fast enough this could hurt future cost.
Gas would have cost $60 the electric charges were $152.60 and that included the free charge at the hotel.
People here of both parties vote with their wallet. People want the most for their money and right now oil is cheap. Oil companies are invested in more than oil as the know they need to be in a forms of power producing fuels.
In China they are just happy to get what ever they can get. Most are the first generation that has not used carts and owned a car. Most are still buying gas or Diesel as noted by their air and smog.
When using Electric there is some sacrifice and few can afford the extra cash, extra time or in the smaller cars the lack of space.
I love the Bolt but it is too expensive to buy and operate. It also will not haul my needs. Finally when I travel my time is more important and lounging along the road every couple hundred miles just do not cut it. That time better serves me at my destination or at home with my family.
I can hit Charlotte NC in 7 hours but if it took me 10-12 I would just fly.
There is no need to charge 6 times to go from Pittsburgh to Detroit, thats a outrageous claim ! You don’t need to go into the inner city, there are charging stops right off I-80 in Travel Plazas. The Electrify America Charger in Streetsboro is particularly useful if you travel with an EV, and can provide 150 miles within half an hour. It takes 5 hours instead of 4.5 hours, so not a deal breaker at all. There is even a Trip planner App called Plugshare that can let you know when to charge.
This is the exact kind of willful ignorance I was talking about in my earlier post. There are resources to help, but a lot of people choose to stick with confirmation bias from an article to convince themselves new tech will not work instead of taking the time to research their own use case, which is an extremely short sighted approach.
Read the story. They made it to the last charger with 7 miles. They also were driving normal not trying to stretch the charge.
This mostly took place on the Ohio Turnpike where speeds are 70-75 and EV models are least efficient.
I can get the SAE authors name and you can have a pointless argument with the engineer.
When you tried to interject politics into EV acceptance you lost all credibility on this one buddy.
You have a lot to learn as you have a willful ignorance that people are creatures of economics not as much politics. Why do people hate Walmart and Amazon so much yet they still shop there. Because they save money.
I personally would look into a EV if one if the purchase cost the same as a similar to ICE model and the electric cost were the same of better than the Fuel for the ICE.
Also I will wait till infrastructure is more readily available.
I am like most others as it comes down to cost and connivance. Both goals are not met yet but I expect in time they will be. Nothing short sighted here just the new technology is still early in development.
No different than Satellite TV. The early systems were expensive and crap. Today it is well developed and while still over prices to subscribe the equipment is much cheaper and much better.
By the way they did some of their charging at the turnpike travel plazas as you pointed out that had chargers. If you have ever stopped at one you would not be ignorant about how it is a place you really don’t want to spend an hour at charging.
Ohio Turnpike Travel Plazas are not exactly a travel destination you want to spend anymore time at than needed. They are good to get gas, grab some carry out food and take a leak and then move on.
I so agree with you. I am not here stating that i n todays Market an EV is everyone but to blindly follow and listen to complete FUD is unacceptable to me.
I am sure when the first Gasoli8ne Powered cars first came out everyone said that there was no infrastructure just like now. Fast forward and there are Gas Stations everywhere.
EV’s will not go away and they are the Future. The VW Group, GM, Ford, and many others are not spending crazy money on EV Tech because they think o fit as a Fad.
Like I stated I have done almost the same trip and I charged twice. Just as if I were getting Gasoline and grabbing a bite.
I am young enough to remember older people saying that the iPhone was a fad when it came out and made no sense. Look where we are now.
Technology keeps moving forward not backwards….Don’t ever let it leave you behind.
This is exactly why Tesla is really the only real choice right now for people if they are serious about switching to an EV. First off they get over 300 Miles per Charge and second their Super Chargers are pretty much all over the place on Highways. Plus if you go to a V3 Super Charger you’re done in like 30 Minutes. That trip would require two stops with a Tesla that you just described. Almost everyone will stop for a drink, lunch, or bathroom break. Really not that inconvenient. I have been here for years saying that the Legacy Auto Makers are so far behind Tesla that I honestly do not know how and or if they will catch up. It would take lets say GM three years or so to catch up to Tesla tech assuming Tesla stops progressing on their own Tech. Plus, GM nor any other maker does not have a Super Charger Network. The Legacy Auto Makers will be in desperate need for current Gas Stations to switch to Super Supercharging Stations once the switch to EV’s takes place. Tesla in that time will have continued building out Super Stations around the World and also working on Tech to make them much faster.
I honestly do not see how another company will catch up. This is why I want GM to beat The VW Group because Tesla is untouchable in the EV Space. They solidified that Apple like Status within the Market.
Does not mean Tesla will sell the most, just that they will always be in the lead on Tech in most peoples minds. Just like Apple is when compared to google.
I desperetly need GM to grab that Google spot over The VW Group.
The issues on this run are faced by all EV products.
I live in the area of this run and it is a common run fo. Many here to make. We do not stop for an hour every 200 miles.
This was a real run done to realistic conditions.
As for even Tesla their charging would not matter as their chargers are not common nor on he way to where many are going.
We have some Tesla’s here but most are just local drivers. Most have to charge at hone as charging stations are rare and to be honest I have never seen a Tesla Supercharger in Ohio.
Tesla holds no other advantage other than being first. They are letting the cash cow S model rot and each new model gets shown and then it takes years to make production. They even have to presell to raise the capital. Apple never had to do that.
Now also Apple has had their share of misses over the years too.
Till the cost come down, the charging times get shorter and infrastructure is in more places it will remain slow growth.
What may work in some areas like LA don’t work in the heartland.
This story just illustrates clearly where work still needs to be done. The SAE also is a group that heavily promotes EV products. This is a case where EV proponents are being honest as most engineers tend to be unlike fan boys.
There are 3 Super Chargers just within the Greater Cleveland area.
The point I was making or trying to make is not that you are wrong but simply just how much more advanced and further along Tesla is in the EV Market. It will take years for Legacy Auto Makers to try and catch up but Tesla never rests on their laurels. That is what their owners love. They keep making their Cars and even their Charging infrastructure better constantly. Think about it…Lets say GM makes a better EV Car than Tesla tomorrow, well Tesla is still a better purchase option because I will have way more Charging Options around the World and at a much cheaper Rate as well.
This is just my opinion and obviously I am no expert but the only way I see Legacy Auto Makers catching up to Tesla is if they pool all their resources together not on EV vehicles but on a World Wide Charging Infrastructure. Just my opinion.
3 chargers over an our out of my way and in a city the size of Cleveland is nothing.
The point is Tesla has no more advanced tech than what most companies are sitting on. Most MFGs rely on profits to make money not speculative stock buyers that are exceedingly calm waiting for a pay off. Also they are not selling carbon credits.
EV is about 2 % of the market and it will in time be 30% but not for a while.
Alexander Winton was from this area and his car company was seen as far Leading and advanced to afford. Yet he was very expensive and made little money. His investors kept him afloat till the others like a Ford, Olds and more came into the market when they could better price models and build them at a profit.
At that point Winton become a foot note in automotive history. His cars at the time were the fastest and dependable but in the end he failed.
Those are Tesla Specific Super Chargers that are near Interstates. Cleveland has many Non Tesla Charging Stations as do most other major cities around America.
You were talking about making a Specific route and I am telling you that in a Tesla you need to stop and charge twice. Once on the way to Detroit and once on the way to Pittsburgh, PA. Now you might be in the minority that will not stop to use the Bathroom or grab a bite or a cup of coffee. Most drivers do stop hence why there are so many Rest areas while driving. I know I stop for a snack or coffee or bathroom break or to even allow myself or my passengers to stretch their legs. So yeah to me stopping for 30 minutes to charge is a NON Factor at all. The point I was trying to tell you is that you can ONLY do that in a Tesla. Period.
Jaguar Tech is not even remotely close to a Tesla. A Jag takes much longer to charge at a Super Charger than a Tesla. That is a huuuuuuuge issue.
This is why Tesla is the leader and everyone one else is playing catch-up.
When you live over an hour from Cleveland and only go to Cleveland once a year at best what good are they, If you have been to Clevelsnd you would understand why.
There are none on my normal travels nor none close.
Nor in my travels am I going to take a 56 min piss. If you enjoy that that is fine but that hour puts me 70 miles closer to my destination and one hour where I want or need to be rather than out at some travel plaza watching truck stop hookers make the rounds.
What are you even talking about?
You brought up a Specific route from Pittsburgh, PA to Detroit, MI. I have almost done that exact route. It took me no more than 30 minutes to plug in, grab a sandwich and leave. Then basically the same on my way back.
There are 23 Tesla Specific Charging Stations all with multiple Chargers just in the State of Ohio alone. How did you get 56 minutes from what I said?
Yes if you had a Jag EV or any other EV it would take you longer that 30 minutes but that is why Tesla is selling every vehicle they make. Nobody is close to them.
You and some might not stop while you go on a road trip (which you do to get Gasoline) but most people in the World do. Hence why Travel Plazas exist throughout this country. I guess an EV does not work for you because that 10 minute Stop you make to get Gasoline is a lot better than my 30 minute Stop to plug in.
Your insight is welcome here!
Don’t fret about the “thumbs down “‘.
Everyone has their issues…
In a Tesla you would leave Pittsburgh, PA on a full charge and then Charge in Toledo, OH. Head to Detroit.
Leave Detroit and charge in Toledo, OH again on your way to Pittsburgh. Like I said it would be a Two Stop Trip. One each way just like getting Gasoline.
I have actually borrowed my friends model 3 and have done almost the same trip. The Jaguar doesn’t come close to the Tesla range NOR the charging speed at Super Chargers.
So it seats 5 or what?