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Hyundai Hybrid Technology News

Posted in Electric Cars, Gas Prices, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Hyundai by Geoff | September 2nd, 2008 | 4 Responses |

2009 Hyundai Sonata
2009 Hyundai Sonata

In comparison to both American and Asian automakers, Hyundai is getting a late start in developing hybrid and electric vehicles.  However, the Korean automaker has promised to put a hybrid subcompact, a hybrid mid-size and a plug-in competitor to the Chevrolet Volt on the road within five years.  As a whole Korean automakers are spending approximately $1 billion on the battery technology needed to power such vehicles and the government has contributed another $40 million.  The historically inexpensive car manufacturer’s entry into these types of automobiles is another good sign for those with the will, but not necessarilly the cash, to buy electric vehicles.

Hyundai has announced that the new lithium-ion battery Sonata hybrid will make its debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November and could be on the road by 2010.  Producing the first lithium-ion hybrid would be a major acheivement for Hyundai and Korean battery manufacturer LG.  Nissan, is also developing lithium-ion batteries and likewise hopes to be the first to introduced a hybrid with tis new technology.  Indications are also being made by Hyundai Execs. that the new Sonata hybrid will be made in America.  By 2013 the company hopes to put a plug-in hybrid on the road.

Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai Veloster Concept

In other Hyundai news, the rear-wheel-drive Genesis will be joined in 2010 by a two-door coupe named…..the Genesis Coupe.  How original.  It will at least temporarily replace the current front-wheel-drive Tiburon coupe and be powered by either a V-6 or turbocharged 4 cylinder engine but only in America.  Europeans will have a different coupe, the Veloster.  Hyundai is undecided if the company needs two coupes instead of one, and will only bring the Veloster to the U.S. if the Genesis coupe flops. 

U.S. bound?
Hyundai i10: U.S. bound?

Still up in the air are decisions related to the i10, (which is sold in Europe and Asia), a compact hatchback and potential competitor to the Smart ForTwo, although with enough room for a second row of seating. Since it doesn’t currently meet U.S. safety or emissions standards, the i10 would need to reengineered in those areas to be sold in North America.

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4 Responses

  1. bhavya kr says:

    very awesome car i love i10 in every way it is very good no disadvantages

  2. Ulisse Di Bartolomei says:

    Speaking about the Fiat hybrids, the technology double clutch with electric motor between has been stolen by a patent that Fiat Company has never wanted to purchase, but only shamelessly to copy. I invite to visit my blog where her “vitality” of the Fiat planners it appears in all of evidence:
    http://dualsymbioticelectromechanicalengine.blogspot.com/

    Whoever appreciates an honest industrial ethics in defence of intellectual ownership should spread out the history reported in my blog. If the industries can afford unpunished to copy the ideas and defending it need very expensive legal action, to which target need the patents? How our young people can find intellectual courage if the economic potentates crush the rights of the single ones?

    Ulisse Di Bartolomei

  3. ulisse di bartolomei says:

    Patent fraud. About the Fiat hybrids, the technology double clutch with electric motor between has been stolen by a patent that Fiat Company has never wanted to purchase, but only shamelessly to copy. I invite to visit my blog where her “vitality” of the Fiat planners it appears in all of evidence:
    http://dualsymbioticelectromechanicalengine.blogspot.com/
    Whoever appreciates an honest industrial ethics in defence of intellectual ownership should spread out the history reported in my blog. If the industries can afford unpunished to copy the ideas and defending it need very expensive legal action, to which target need the patents? How our young people can find intellectual courage if the economic potentates crush the rights of the single ones?
    Do You have a good idea on as I could act for defending my rights? I beg You to leave a comment in my blog. Thanks and good time to everybody.

    Ulisse Di Bartolomei

  4. Ojja Bosco says:

    The car look very impressive…