Hyundai Launches Own Brand of Electric Vehicle in India


India is emerging as a dominant force in the global economy. The technological advances made by the country have benefited many countries all over the world. However the cost of economic development has also affected the air quality of the developing nation.

Considered as a breakthrough in the alternative fuel vehicle products, the zero-emission urban commuters’ vehicle ushers in a new era of mobility in the Indian market. The spread of clean air alternative vehicles in the country could help limit the spread of air pollution.

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the country’s largest car exporter and second largest car manufacturer, unveiled the electric version of their immensely popular compact car - i10 at Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi recently.

The i10 Electric car 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 in South Korea, the all-new i10 Electric is an embodiment of Hyundai’s radical and transformative vision for the future and is the culmination of decades of investment in research and development.

HMIL said that, “A growing awareness among consumers for all things green inspired us to introduce the electric version of our immensely popular compact care 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 future.”

The practical Hyundai i10 and the stylish, fun-to-drive i20, is Hyundai’s new high-volume player that has set new benchmarks for their respective segments. Both these cars deliver the optimal blend of distinctive design, voluminous interiors, fuel economy and technology to its customers.

Hyundai i10 made its debut in India last October 2007 and since then the car has won the hearts of the customers and the industry, capped off by winning the Car of the Year 2008 award.

Powered by a highly efficient 49kWh electrical motor and a 16kWh battery, the i10 electric car uses the advanced LiPoly (Lithium-Ion-Polymer) technology and is equipped with many 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. The vehicle would also satisfy the speed requirements of the consumer with a top speed of 130kmph.

The i10 Electric offers dual recharging cycles. Hyundai estimates that the charging time for a 100 percent capacity battery takes approximately five hours. With a 413V outlet and an industrial strength current, the battery could recharge up to 85 percent of its capacity within fifteen minutes.

The i10 Electric incorporates advanced LiPoly batteries, when 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. The technology ensures a highly responsive and a fun driving experience for the consumers.