## Hyundai to introduce extended range electric concept at Geneva

##### 02 March 2012

Hyundai will introduce the i-oniq concept at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The i-oniq is an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending gasoline engine.

The i-oniq concept has an innovative powertrain that demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to clean technology. A 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine is mated, via a generator, to an 80 kW electric motor. In electric-only mode, i-oniq has a range of 120 km (75 miles), while with assistance from the gasoline engine it can travel up to 700 km (435 miles), producing 45 g/km of CO2 in the process.

At 4.4 meters long, i-oniq has space for four occupants in its driver-oriented cabin.

 i-oniq. Click to enlarge.

The perfect drive train?

Those specs with Hyundai value would sell.

OMG! Gimme, gimme. I want one.

You've got this, you've got the Lexus (?) electric... could the majors be seeing market potential in the segment that Fisker is aiming for?

I will be happy when such a drive train is available and affordable in something practical like a Subaru Forester or a Honda Civic.

Yes E-P....PHEVs with more efficient smaller gensets may become one of the accepted bridge solutions for the next 10 years or so or until such times as batteries are available with much higher preformance (500+ Kwh/Kg) and much cheaper ($100/Kwh to$125/Kwh) for more affordable longer range BEVs.

Hyundai is taking a step in the right direction. The nest step may be to remove the genset and replace it with more efficient batteries in 2020 or so.

Having the genset allows for smaller battery capacity. If 90% of your daily driving is 50 miles or less, install enough batteries for the 50 mile range. On the other days that you need to drive 50 to 400 miles, the range assist provides a better solution than stopping every 50 miles at a battery charging station.

If they can sell it for less than $41000 MSRP, they got a chance. I am hoping Hyundai does eventually build a vehicle with a real world 50 plus mile all-electric range combined with a small range assist ICE such as the three-cylinder 1.0 liter engine mentioned in this article for the i-Oniq concept. Of course, they will need to use lithium ion batteries with a very long cycle life such as the Toshiba SCiB battery technology with a cycle life of over 6000 cycles which can be found on the 2013 Honda Fit EV. If they produce this vehicle for under$40K, they could have an international game changer with huge sales. General Motors just does not seem to be interested in producing a vehicle that people really want. A real-world 35-mile range in the GM Volt and upcoming GM Cadillac ELR just doesn't meet most drivers' needs and combined with MSRP's over \$40K limits their sales. This is Hyundai's chance to be a world leader in this technology with massive sales potential. If the i-Oniq becomes reality it will be a Tesla Model S destroyer.

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