Hyundai Tackles EV Market With BlueOn

Hyundai unveiled in South Korea today its first highway legal full speed electric vehicle design, called BlueOn. This compact little electric car is based upon the Korean automaker’s i10 small hatchback design and is capable of going a maximum of around 87 miles on a single charge.

The BlueOn, reported on by Cnet, will be able to hit a top speed of around 80 miles per hour. Its compact body design is an overall length of 3,585 mm, overall width of 1,595 mm and overall height of 1,540 mm. It sports an electric motor powered by a 16.4 kWh LiPoly (lithium-ion polymer) battery and boasting a maximum power of 81ps(61kW) and maximum torque of 21.4kg/m(210Nm). It is said the battery technology in this car delivers the same power as nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH) in other EVs, but with 30 percent less weight and 40 percent less volume.

Hyundai BlueOn

image via Cnet

This electric vehicle, like others, can be charged via household or fast charge style chargers. Under the latter, charging time allows for the battery to be recharged to about 80 percent of its capacity within 25 minutes. As for development plans, Hyundai is planning to provide 30 BlueOn vehicles as test fleets to various government organizations in Korea by October. These vehicles will be mainly used to help develop and test charging infrastructures for about two years, until August 2012. The automaker will also expand its manufacturing capabilities for BlueOn next year, carrying out test productions and making about 2,500 units by the end of 2012.

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