Monday, September 7, 2009

2010 Hyundai i10 Electric To Debut At Frankfurt


WHILE HYUNDAI AUSTRALIA continues to assess the suitability and cost of the diminutive i10 for the local market, the Korean carmaker is set to unveil an all-electric version at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The i10 Electric will make its world debut alongside the ix-Metro petrol-electric hybrid concept, the ix35 SUV and the all-new 2010 Sonata.


No mere concept, the i10 Electric is scheduled to go into limited production for sale in South Korea next year, motivated by a 49kW electric motor and drawing energy from a 16kWh lithium-ion polymer battery co-developed with LG.

In line with the likes of the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Subaru’s Plug-In Stella, Hyundai says the i10 will achieve a driving range of around 160km and a top speed of 130km/h.

The i10 Electric can be charged via either a 220V household power outlet for a five hour charge, or a specialised 415V charging point achieving 85 percent capacity in just 15 minutes.


More details are scheduled to be revealed at the i10 Electric’s Frankfurt unveiling.