Buick Launches Chevy Volt-Based Velite 5 in China

By Jon LeSage Buick is launching its first electric car in China, the Velite 5 plug-in hybrid, and it shares much with the Chevy Volt.
Revealed at the Guangzhou auto show in China in November as the Velite Concept, the Velite 5 seems to be utilizing much of the Chevrolet Volt’s powertrain. Like the Volt, its gasoline engine is a 1.5-liter, and its electricity comes from a new-generation liquid-cooled lithium battery pack.
GM China and Buick call it an extended range electric vehicle – as is the Volt – using the company’s patented EVT electronic controlled intelligent variable transmission. The electric motor uses a double

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