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Building on its previously seen XIV and KEV design concepts, SsangYong Motor Company is showcasing the e-XIV (electric - eXciting user Interface Vehicle) ‘range extended EV concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

e-XIV concept extended range electric vehicle. Click to enlarge.

SsangYong displayed its XIV 1 B segment CUV (crossover utility vehicle) concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, and the XIV 2 Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. Now it is integrating its EV technology seen in its two pure EV concepts— the KEV1 and KEV2— and equipping the e-XIV with a small 1 liter gasoline engine range extender.

The e-XIV uses an 80 kW permanent magnet synchronous traction motor; a 16 kWh Li-ion battery supports all-electric range of 80 km (50 miles), according to the company.

The car also features a range extending system comprising a two-cylinder 1,000cc gasoline engine and a 20-kW generator. Once the 80km distance has been achieved, the gasoline engine supplies additional power via the generator to extend the range up to 600 km (373 miles), emitting 45g/km of CO2.

A distinguishing feature of the e-XIV is its glass roof which includes an integrated solar cell panel for generating power to operate the car’s auxiliary systems, while also providing greater light, enhanced spatial comfort to the cabin and improved visibility.



This looks like what the Volt should have been.


Lets hope it works well and other people follow the idea.
A 1L 20Kw range extender sounds about right. You should be able to drive at 100kph on the level with 20Kw, so decent "get you home" capability.

I am not so sure about the glass roof - I suppose it depends on what country it is being sold in with this feature. It might get a bit hot in Texas, but would be OK in the UK and Northern Europe.

Also, I hope the range extender sounds OK, you could be hearing quite a lot from it given the basic car has an electric range of 50 miles.

Nonetheless, this is the way to go for EVs (IMHO).

Now, could someone build one for a Leaf?


This certainly is the sensible approach and would give the consumer good value. Too bad no one really wants to do that.


Is common sense slowly moving in future PHEVs?

By making the vehicle lighter, less batteries and smaller genset are required.

Let's hope that it will be mass produced and exported to N.A. and EU and that others will follow suit.


20kw is really weak for 1000cc. Not sure what's up with that. It's also insufficient for the long highway grades you see in the western US. No need to worry about such trifles in a concept car, of course.


If this is cheap and reliable it could sell.


If you knew you were going long distance and / or up hill you can start the range extender early, this way the battery would also be very rarely discharged increasing its life


This concept is just about what I tried to give to the automakers around ten years ago. Much of it is still on the net.

People are just not going to buy a car that might leave them stranded in the middle of nowhere. I know I wouldn't. With the proper motors and control of all four wheels, you could eliminate that clunky transmission, and go about anywhere with out regard for weather conditions.

Even in a small, light weight design you would be much safer, even more so if you filled the voids with EPP.


Except for the 5-passenger feature, this is close to what an amateur conversion of an Opel subcompact accomplished in the 1970's (albeit with very inferior batteries).

We could have had PHEV-10's in the 1980's, with greatly improved fuel economy.  Yes, even with lead-acid batteries.  Just the elimination of idling and throttle transients would have been a huge advantage, removing many of the tradeoffs that the engine controls designer has to make to get driveability and emissions.

Roger Pham

Agree, E-P. To borrow a line from HarveyD, "Why wasn't this done 3 decades ago?"


Overly cheap oil, Big Oil power and malleable politicians may be three of the main reasons?

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