Korean auto maker Hyundai Motors has joined the growing list of manufacturers who’ve said they’re going to roll out an electric car in the next two years.
Hyundai announced last week that it will start production of the i10 electric vehicle in 2010. The i10 will use a 16 kW-hr lithium polymer battery to power a 49 kW motor. With a 220V current, battery recharging will take about five hours. Fully charged, the i10’s range will be roughly 96 miles.
Surprisingly, the i10 will also feature x-by-wire systems for steering, air conditioning, water pump and brake vacuum pump. The x-by-wire scheme promises to cut weight because it eliminates hydraulics, Hyundai wrote in a press release. The vehicle’s curb weight will be about 2,200 pounds.
Along with the i10, Hyundai also debuted concept car known as the ix-Metro hybrid electric crossover utility vehicle. The ix-Metro will be powered by a small inline three-cylinder. It will also combine direct injection and turbocharging with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
This year, Hyundai, Nissan, Mitsubishi, BYD and Tesla have all announced they will roll out battery-electric vehicles for production in 2010 or 2011.