Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hyundai Kia Electric Vehicle (EV)

I follow and comment on Green car technology--especially at Hyundai-Kia Motors. Hybrids are due out this year. FCEV might show up in a few years. I've driven both Hyundai Kia hybrids and FCEV. What interests me are the EV. On my next trip to Korea, I plan to test drive one :)

This article shares Hyundai Kia Motors' EV plans...
March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest automaker, is developing an electric vehicle for urban commuters as governments tighten pollution rules and rival carmakers unveil new battery-powered and hybrid models.

The rechargeable model will have a driving range of about 40 miles (62 kilometers), said Vice Chairman Lee Hyun Soon, research chief for Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. He declined to say when the battery car will go on sale.

Hyundai follows Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp. in designing cars powered wholly or in part by electricity to cut carbon emissions and oil dependence. Toyota will test a new plug-in version of its Prius hybrid this year and Nissan Motor Co. is to sell an electric car next year in the U.S. and Europe.

“We cannot eliminate any technology. We have to keep them all,” Lee said in a March 23 interview in Hwaseong, near Seoul. “If your commuting distance is short, maybe you can justify using an electric vehicle.”

Hyundai and Kia will sell their first hybrids in South Korea this year, followed by a version of Hyundai’s Sonata sedan with a gasoline-electric system in 2010. Kia displayed its Forte LPI small sedan, the world’s first hybrid-liquefied petroleum gas car yesterday in Seoul. The vehicle will be sold initially only in South Korea, spokesman Michael Choo said.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, who won election in December 2007 on a pledge of economic expansion, has urged domestic carmakers to develop less-polluting vehicles to boost growth for Asia’s fourth-biggest economy.

The Hyundai and Kia hybrids, as well as the planned Hyundai electric vehicle, will use lithium batteries from LG Chem Ltd., Vice Chairman Lee said. LG Chem, South Korea’s largest chemical maker, is also supplying lithium-ion batteries for GM’s Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, which goes on sale next year.

Hyundai and Kia plan to build 40,000 units of LPG-powered hybrid Fortes and Avantes in 2009, Lee Ki Sang, vice president of hybrid vehicle development for the two companies, told reporters yesterday in Seoul.

The affiliated carmakers are also designing hydrogen fuel- cell models, which Hyundai intends to retail in 2012, followed by Kia in 2013. Even the most advanced batteries offer limited performance compared with gasoline vehicles, Hyundai’s Lee said.

“Technology-wise, hydrogen is more practical, more flexible,” he said.

1 comment:

  1. Hyundai's Blue Drive eco-friendly technology actually builds on a core value of the firm...Co-existence between Man and Nature... which reaches back to Korea's Confucian past.

    APRIL 03, 2009
    The Seoul Motor Show opened yesterday with a media preview at the KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.

    Utilizing the country's largest motor show as a chance to revive the flagging domestic auto industry, domestic carmakers stepped up efforts to grab visitor attention by displaying their new models and hosting events.

    The seventh edition of the show opens today and will run through Sunday next week.

    ○ Co-existence between nature and humans

    Reflecting the global emphasis on protecting the environment, participating automakers at home and aboard are displaying their latest eco-friendly vehicles and technologies.

    Hyundai Motor unveiled the LPG-electric hybrid Avante LPI Hybrid, the first model of the company's eco-friendly brand Blue Drive.

    Blue Drive signifying nature, mobility and drive made its worldwide debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November last year. Along with the LPI hybrid Avante, which will be mass produced from next year, the country's largest automaker unveiled the plug-in hybrid concept car Blue Will (HND-4) slated for mass production in 2012.

    Sister company Kia Motors also displayed its eco-friendly models, including three hybrid cars: the LPG hybrid electric compact sedan Forte; the crossover utility vehicle Soul; and a compact sedan.