Hyundai To Launch i10 Electric Vehicle In 2010

September 8, 2009
Hyundai i10 electric vehicle

Hyundai i10 electric vehicle

As our own Viknesh Vijayenthiran mentioned on Friday, Hyundai has announced that it will launch a mass-market electric vehicle in the second half of 2010. The vehicle will be a modified version of the existing Hyundai i10 minicar and will appear first in the company's home country of South Korea. A prototype is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

The Hyundai i10 EV will be powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery (courtesy of LG) feeding a 49 kWh/65 hp electric motor. The hatchback's range should clock in at a respectable 100 miles, and its top speed will be around 80 mph.

Perhaps the most interesting fact about the Hyundai i10 EV is its ability to handle two charging cycles: the standard 220 V found in many households around the globe, and a significantly stronger, more industrial 415 V current. Not surprisingly, the 415 V offers a much faster re-charge: on the 220 V plug,  a full charge of the battery will take about five hours, but on the 415 V, the battery can hit 85% of capacity in 15 minutes. That's pretty exciting -- though until the 415 V infrastructure improves, it does nothing to alleviate consumers' range anxiety.


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