Hyundai Motor India Goes Green With Zero Emission Electric Car
Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the India's largest car exporter and second largest car manufacturer, unveiled the electric version of the immensely popular compact car - i10 at Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi. Considered as a breakthrough in the alternate fuel vehicle segment, the i10 electric ushers in a new era of mobility – a zero-emission urban commuter vehicle.
The i10 Electric made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, 2009. Slated for a limited series production run in 2010 in the home market of Hyundai - South Korea, the all new i10 Electric is an embodiment of Hyundai's radical, transformative vision for the future and the culmination of decades of investment in research and development.
On the occasion, Arvind Saxena, Director (Marketing & Sales), HMIL, said, "A growing awareness amongst consumers for all things green inspired us to introduce the electric version of our immensely popular compact car – i10. It is truly a real-world car with zero emissions, and the unveiling today, marks the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey - for people all over the world, for Hyundai and for the industry. We hope that the heightened interest in electric vehicles will present us with a huge opportunity to bring in EV technology to the Indian market in the near future."
Powered by a highly efficient 49kWh electrical motor and a 16kWh battery, the i10 electric uses advanced LiPoly (Lithium-Ion-Polymer) technology with numerous advantages over other batteries. The low kerb weight and the evolved battery technology gives the i10 Electric a driving range of 160km on a single charge to satisfy real-world consumer requirements with a top speed of 130kmph.
Key Characteristics of Hyundai i10 Electric
- Zero Emission
- Low Kerb weight (1000Kg)
- Driving range of 160 km on a single charge
- Highly efficient LiPoly Battery
- Easy for urban commuting
The i10 Electric offers dual recharging cycles: Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately five hours for a 100 per cent capacity. With a 413V outlet, an industrial strength current, the battery can be recharged up to 85 percent of its capacity within 15 minutes.
The i10 Electric incorporates advanced LiPoly batteries which compared with nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH) delivers the same power with 30 percent less weight, 40 percent less volume and 12 percent greater efficiency. This ensures a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered automobiles.