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Earlier this month, Hyundai debuted it entry into the electric car segment, the BlueOn.

The BlueOn is largely based upon the company’s next-generation i10 subcompact. Like its gas-powered siblings, the BlueOn looks much like the current i10 pictured above, albeit with a new hood, front clip, and headlamps that tie it to other Hyundai offerings.

What’s truly important lurks beneath the restyled skin. In lieu of a small gasoline or diesel engine, the BlueOn’s front wheels are driven by a 61-kW (82 horsepower) electric motor, which is powered by a 16.4-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Used in other Hyundai hybrid vehicles (including the new 2011 Sonata Hybrid), this battery chemistry can offer the same power reserves as a nickel-metal hydride pack, albeit with 30 percent less weight and 40 percent less volume.

According to Hyundai, that battery pack grants the BlueOn an 85-mile range on a single charge. A complete recharge can be accomplished in six hours, but an 80-percent charge using a 380-volt quick charger can be performed in 25 minutes.

Press release below. Development of the BlueOn has been nearly a year in the making (an electric i10 prototype was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show), and Hyundai has allegedly invested nearly $34 million in the project to date. Thirty vehicles will be provided to fleets within South Korea, allowing the Hyundai to test the car in the real world while rolling out a charging infrastructure.

Early production will be limited, but if all goes according to plan, roughly 2500 BlueOns will be on Korean roads by the end of 2012.

HYUNDAI UNVEILS ITS FIRST ELECTRIC CAR ‘BLUEON’


Seoul, Korea, 09/09/2010

Hyundai Motor Co. today unveiled the company’s – and Korea’s — first Full Speed Electric Vehicle (FSEV) named ‘BlueOn,’ opening a new era in eco-friendly technology.

“We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai’s latest technological advancements,” said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, Vice Chairman at Hyundai’s Corporate RD Center. “Consumers’ interests and demand for eco-friendly cars are rising and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader. Hyundai is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and satisfying market needs.”

Hyundai unveiled the car at the Blue House today, in the presence of Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and Ministers from the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and Ministry of Environment. About 50 other government and electric-vehicle industry officials were also present. During the unveiling ceremony, President Lee and Hyundai’s Vice Chairman Lee test drove one of the new vehicles together on the Blue House premises.

TEST FLEETS

Hyundai invested a total of about 40 billion won over a one year period to create BlueOn, which is based on Hyundai’s small hatchback, i10. The electric version of i10 was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009.

Beginning with today’s ceremony, Hyundai is planning to provide 30 BlueOn vehicles as test fleets to various government organizations in Korea by October. These vehicles will be mainly used to help develop and test charging infrastructures for about two years, until August 2012. Furthermore, these cars will be used for promotional purposes, starting with the upcoming G20 summit, to boost Korea’s eco-friendly image.

The name ‘BlueOn’ derives from Hyundai’s Blue Drive strategy, which encompasses the company’s eco-friendly products and technologies. The word ‘On’ symbolizes “switch on.”

INNOVATIVE LiPOLY BATTERIES, VIRTUAL SOUND 

BlueOn has a compact body with an overall length of 3,585 mm, overall width of 1,595 mm and overall height of 1,540 mm. It is equipped with a highly efficient electric motor powered by an innovative 16.4 kWh LiPoly (lithium-ion polymer) battery technology that offers numerous advantages over other battery types. BlueOn boasts a maximum power of 81ps(61kW) and maximum torque of 21.4kg/m(210Nm).

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As pure electric vehicles operate only with the battery and electric motor, the battery’s lifespan and storage capacity determines the vehicle’s performance. Hyundai chose LiPoly batteries because compared with previous nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH), LiPoly delivers the same power with 30 percent less weight and 40 percent less volume, boosting efficiency and leaving more interior space for passengers.

Furthermore, the car has been designed to prevent overcharging and collision-related safety issues. Hyundai also conducted hundreds of thousands of kilometers’ worth of endurance testing to secure safety. BlueOn boasts a maximum speed of 130km/h and 0-100 km/h is achieved in 13.1 seconds, better than some gasoline models in the same class.

BlueOn also features a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS), which creates an artificial sound for the safety of pedestrians, as electric vehicles make little to no sound when driving at low speeds.

RECHARGING

BlueOn can travel as much as 140 km on a single charge. It also accommodates dual recharging methods: a 220V household power and a 380V industrial-strength power, which promises quick recharging speeds. Under the household power, the battery will be fully recharged within six hours. Under the quick charge method, the battery can be recharged to about 80 percent of its capacity within 25 minutes.

Hyundai will collaborate with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and other government agencies to build recharging facilities.

In addition, the engine-driven components were electrified so that the electric motor-driven power steering, electric water pump and regenerative brake system could be adapted to BlueOn. Furthermore, for the driver’s convenience, an advanced telematics system showing the charge status and location of recharging stations is installed. A 4.2-inch TFT LCD Supervision Cluster that provides voice guidance has also been installed.

Hyundai plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities for BlueOn next year, carrying out test productions and making about 2,500 units by the end of 2012.

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group which was ranked as the world’s fifth-largest automaker since 2007 and includes over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates.  Employing over 75,000 people worldwide, Hyundai Motor sold approximately 2.8 million vehicles globally in 2008, posting sales of US$25.6 billion on a non-consolidated basis (using the average currency exchange of 1257.5 won per US dollar).  Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products are available at http://www.hyundai.com

Source: Hyundai courtesy of Motor Trend Staff

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