Hyundai Unveils its First Electric Car the BlueOn

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Hyundai Unveils its First Electric Car: the BlueOn

[ad#post_ad]Korean carmaker Hyundai has now officially entered the electric car race. The company unveiled its first full speed all-electric vehicle called the BlueOn at a Korean state ceremonial event where it was test driven by Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.

The car was entirely produced in Korea and is based on its compact i10 hatchback city car only on sale in Korea. Starting now the company will deliver 30 vehicles to test fleets for the Korean government to use.

BY the end of 2012, Hyundai plans to have produced 2500 of the vehicles.

The car uses a highly efficient 16.4 kwh lithium-ion battery pack which powers a 61 peak kw electric motor capable of producing 210 Nm of torque. The BlueOn has a maximum speed of 81 mph and can do 0 to 60 in 13.1 seconds. Hyundai says it has already performed hundreds of thousands of miles of testing on its lithium ion battery pack.

Hyundai say the car can travel up to 87 miles per charge, and using the built in 380-v quick charge system can be about 80% recharged in under 25 minutes. Using 220-v household power it takes about 6 hours to charge the car.

The car is similar in size and performance to the Mitsubishi iMiEV, though gets about 10% more range from the same sized battery pack due to efficiency improvements such as an active hydraulic booster system for the regenerative brakes.

It is equipped with a pedestrian alert sound system called the Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) and a 4.2-inch TFT LCD Supervision Cluster that provides voice guidance. The power steering, electric water pump, and regenerative brakes were electrified to be adapted to the BlueOn.

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.”

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Hyundai Motor America spokesman Jim Traynor, told the New York Times he was   not aware of any plans to introduce or market the BlueOn in North America.

Source (Hyundai )


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