Suzuki, in what basically amounts to an update of what it was showing off at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, has on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show a concept model for its electric range extending auto technology. It is based upon the auto maker’s Swift subcompact model.
First unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and subsequently going through fleet tests, Suzuki’s answer to the hybrid has been going through something of a slow cook process. In this most current iteration in Geneva, the automaker said it has “elaborated and advanced” the system. Like most good range extending hybrid designs these days, the Swift is geared towards combating range anxiety via an engine-driven generator available to charge the battery when it runs low.
Suzuki says the current range of its EV technology is around 18 miles, give or take, on a complete battery charge. Envisioned as a vehicle one can drive for day-to-day tasks such as shopping, it is seen as having hybrid fuel consumption of 28km/L or more. Charging time for the battery when the vehicle is plugged in ranges up to four hours, depending upon charging conditions.
As for availability, if ever, there is no specific word at this time.