Velite 6 Plus Expands Buick’s Chinese EV Lineup
Adding to General Motors’ growing portfolio of electric vehicles, Buick recently introduced the long-range Velite 6 Plus for the Chinese market.
Earlier this spring, Buick came out with the Velite 6, a combination of crossover and wagon and the brand’s first all-electric vehicle for the global market. The Velite 6 Plus builds on this model by offering more range — 254 miles on a single charge instead of 187 miles. This increased capability is likely to expand the vehicle’s appeal for commuters and urban residents.
“Buick is providing exciting solutions to cater to the growing number of car buyers across China who wish to drive a new-energy vehicle,” said Molly Peck, executive director of Buick for SAIC-GM. “The Velite 6 Plus will also help promote vehicles powered by electricity and increase their acceptance by consumers.”
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To achieve its extra range, the Velite 6 Plus carries a battery that boasts greater capacity and energy density while taking up the same amount of space. This battery charges to 80 percent capacity after 40 minutes of DC charging, and after just five minutes of charging it can power the Velite 6 Plus for nearly 25 miles. The Velite 6 Plus is propelled by an electric drive system that produces up to 147 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The Velite 6 Plus also offers a 10-inch center display and a suite of advanced safety technologies, including highlights like Forward Collision Alert, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert.
It’s not clear if the Velite 6 Plus will ever arrive in the U.S., but it certainly represents yet another step toward an all-electric future for GM and its brands.
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