Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid Gains Type Approval from Japanese Government; To Dealers in the Autumn for Testing
|Powertrain concept for the Swift plug-in. Click to enlarge.|
Suzuki Motor Corporation’s newly developed Swift Plug-in Hybrid, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009 as a concept (earlier post), gained type approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on 12 May. As a result, it can, like a typical production car, be registered and receive number plates without having to be physically presented to the ministry.
The Swift Plug-in Hybrid is a series hybrid compact passenger car with a 0.66L engine that’s used for electricity generation in a powertrain based on that of an electric vehicle (EV).
|Swift PHEV. Click to enlarge.|
The plug-in is powered by a 55 kW, 180 N·m AC synchronous motor and a 2.66 kWh Li-ion battery pack. The 0.66L engine is the K6A, earlier versions of which were used in the Cappuccino. Average fuel consumption, calculated by combining fuel consumption during operation on electric power from grid charge and fuel consumption during hybrid operation after depletion of the battery pack is 37.6 km/L on the JC08 cycle (88.4 mpg US, or 2.7 L/100km).
It can travel about 15 km (9 miles) on battery power. When the battery runs low, it runs on electricity generated by means of the engine. Grid charge time for the battery is approximately 1.5 hours @ 100V and 1h at 200V.
The incorporation of the small engine makes a large volume of costly, heavy batteries unnecessary, so it keeps the cost of the car down and enables the car to be light and compact.
Suzuki plans to ship Swift Plug-in Hybrid units to dealers throughout Japan this autumn and have them subjected to proving tests in order to collect performance data corresponding to regional traffic conditions and information on service issues.