Reuters. Hyundai Motor Co. expects to release a hybrid version of the Sonata sedan equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack for American consumers in 2010.
John Krafcik, vice president for product development at Hyundai, said the automaker would offer a hybrid version of the Sonata sedan for American consumers and would unveil a prototype of the vehicle in November.
That timing could make the upcoming Hyundai hybrid one of the first mass-market vehicles on US roads featuring lithium-ion batteries, now widely used to power consumer electronics including cell phones and laptops.
LG Chem is supplying Hyundai with lithium-ion batteries for its hybrid vehicles and is competing, via CPI, to supply batteries for GM’s Volt.