Add another to the growing list. It really looks like this idea of driving without gas is taking off.
Hyundai Motors of Korea has unveiled its new EV called the i10 ahead of its being shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. The company has apparently been working on the vehicle “for months.”
The i10 is another example of an electric urban or city vehicle, and is a diminutive 5-door 5-seat hatchback.
It has a 49 kw (66 hp) electric motor powered by a 16 kwh lithium-ion battery. The battery cells are provided by LG Chem. Driving range is 99 miles and top speed is 81 mph. 0 to 60 time is a rather leisurely 15 seconds.
The battery has an intrinsic liquid thermal management system, and the car will offer an 85% 15-minute quick charge option at 413 V.
Hyundai will begin low volume fleet leasing of the vehicle in Korea starting in 2010 and will go into full global production in 2012.
At this point, the battery for the vehicle remains prohibitively expensive, forcing Hyundai to offer these vehicles as lease-only for the foreseeable future. In fact, the price of the pack is greater than the cost of an entire conventional gas-powered i10.
It is being reported that the 16 kwh battery pack costs 10,000 euro (£8730) which translates to $14,260 ($890/kwh). This should give us a good idea of the Volt’s battery cost since it is the same size, uses the same supplier’s cells, and also has an intrinsic temperature management system.
It also illustrates how much range can be squeezed out of a pack this size in a lightweight pure EV. Energy consumption would allow 7.8 miles per kwh assuming a conventional 80% charge window in the pack. The Volt will achieve 5 miles per kwh.
This car also marks a departure from Hyundai’s previous plans to move to hydrogen fuel cells as their next step.
“We were going to do hybrid cars as a bridge before hydrogen technology really took off,” said an unnamed Hyundai source. “But we recognize there is a future now in electric technology.”
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