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Hyundai to Debut i10 Electric Mini Car in Frankfurt
Hyundai has revealed an all-electric version of its i10 mini car and ix-Metro Hybrid Electric CUV ahead of its first public debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.It will be sold to government ministries, state corporations and utilities in the first stage. The Hyundai i10 Electric will be available to lease in Korea from the second half of 2010 before going into full production in 2012.
Powered by a 49kW motor and a 16kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, the i10 Electric promises a driving range of 160km (about 100 miles) and top speed of 130km/h (80mph). It features x-by-wire systems for steering, air conditioning, water pump and brake vacuum pump.
The Hyundai i10 Electric can be fully charged in 5 hours from a domestic. It can also be quick charged in 15 minutes from a 413V power source.
The hybrid powertrain produces 123bhp at 6000rpm and 116lb ft of torque between 1750 and 4500rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed dual clutch box, technology that should start appearing on future Hyundai models. Direct injection, dual CVVT, turbocharging are all combined with a six-speed dual clutch transmission to make for a highly potent compact package.
The Frankfurt Blue Drive Zone will include the Elantra LPI Hybrid which emits just 94g/km of CO2 (European combined mode) and the Blue Will Plug-In Hybrid Electric concept vehicle. The Elantra LPI HEV is the world's first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by liquid petroleum gas (or autogas) and the first production car to be powered by advanced lithium-ion polymer batteries.
Hyundai is also using the occasion of the Frankfurt show for the European unveiling of its ix35, the European version of the all-new Tucson which made its debut in the Korean market earlier this month. Designed in Europe and to be built in Europe, the ix35 is the first production vehicle expressing Hyundai's new "fluidic sculpture" design language. It's fitted with the all-new R 2.0 diesel and six-speed automatic transmission.
Also on display will be the updated Santa Fe which will provide fresh momentum to the CUV sector. It is fitted with a 2.2 version of the all-new R diesel and comes with the option of the new six-speed automatic.
A new Blue edition of Hyundai's highly popular i30, designed in Germany and built in the Czech Republic, will debut in Frankfurt. It features fuel-saving stop-and-go emissions reduction technology. The i30 1.6 CRDi with ISG generates just 113g/km of CO2.
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