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Hyundai Launches World’s First LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle

July 10th, 2009
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Drive)’ gear that maximises fuel efficiency by reducing sharp fluctuations in the torque, increasing the use of electric motor assist and electric charge regeneration when the brakes are applied.

Available in three trim levels, Elantra LPI HEV will be priced at 20.5 million won (AUD$20,395^) for the entry level HDe-I model and will top out at 23.2 million won (AUD$23,079^) for the HDE-III model.  Prices include South Korean government consumption tax exemption which has a maximum benefit of 3.1 million won (AUD$3,084^).

Hyundai invested 250.8 billion won (AUD$250 million^) over a 43 month-long development period on the Elantra LPI HEV.

Hyundai is targeting sales of 7,500 units in the Korean market this year, increasing that number to 15,000 units in 2010.  There are no immediate plans for exports of the Elantra LPI Hybrid but feasibility studies are currently underway in overseas markets where an excellent LPG refuelling infrastructure exists.

In addition to a five year / 100,000 km powertrain warranty, Hyundai will offer a six year / 120,000 km warranty for the Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPoly) battery, inverter and other key electronic and electrical components.

Elantra LPI HEV Specifications

Hybrid Type

Flywheel-mounted motor-generator parallel type (mild+)

Length

4,535 mm

Width

1,775 mm

Height

1,490 mm

Wheelbase

2,650 mm

Tyres

Low-Rolling Resistance

Engine

In-line 4, 1.6 litre Gamma All-Aluminium
(Atkinson Cycle*)

Bore x Stroke

77.0 mm x 85.44 mm

Compression Ratio

12:1

Cylinder Head

DOHC 16 Valve

CVVT

Single Type (Intake)

Maximum Power

84 kW @ 6,000 rpm

Maximum Torque

148 Nm @ 4,500 rpm

Acceleration 0-100km/h

11.7 sec

Transmission

CVT with Metal V-Belt &
Multi-Disc Wet Clutches for Start-Up

Electric Motor

Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Maximum Power

15 kW

Maximum Torque

105 Nm

Maximum Speed

6,000rpm

Batteries

Lithium Ion Polymer Forced Air Cooling

Voltage

180 V

Capacity

5.3 Ah

Tyres

185/65 R15 (STD) 195/65 R15 (OPT) Low-Friction

Fuel Economy

5.6 litres / 100 km (4.5 litres / 100 km petrol equivalent)

CO2 Emissions

99 g/km

Emissions Classification

SULEV

Top Speed

188 km/h

Steering

Motor-Driven Power Steering

Weight

1,297kg

Fuel Tank (L)

45.2

Suspension

(F) McPherson Strut

(R) Multi-Link


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