Motor Co. Ltd. will unveil several “Blue Drive” eco-friendly vehicles at this month’s Frankfurt motor show, including the production-ready zero-emissions i10 Electric vehicle and ix-Metro, a B-segment, hybrid-electric concept car.
The auto maker will begin limited-series production of the i10 Electric at its Ulsan, South Korea, plant in second-half 2010. The vehicle initially will be supplied to government ministries, government-owned corporations and utility companies, but will be offered to Korean consumers at a later date.
The i10 Electric is powered by a 49 kW (66 hp) motor and 16 kW battery. It has a range of 99.4 miles (160 km) and a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). The vehicle features “x-by-wire” control systems for steering, air conditioning, a water pump and brake-vacuum pump.
The ix-Metro concept was developed at the-Kia Motor Corp. Namyang research and development center in South Korea, with inputs from other engineering centers.
The concept is powered by a 3-cyl 1.0L engine with continuously variable valve timing. A spokesman says carbon-dioxide emissions will average just 80 g/km. Details of the electric drive-assist and battery source have not been disclosed.
Also debuting at the Blue Drive display at Frankfurt will be Hyundai’s Blue edition of the i30, designed in Germany and produced at Hyundai’s plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic.
Featuring stop-and-go technology, the Blue i30 generates just 113 g/km of CO2, according to Hyundai specifications.
The Elantra LPI Hybrid currently sold in Korea also will make its European debut and the show. Hyundai’s Blue Will plug-in hybrid also will be on display.