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Hyundai shows off S. Korea's first electric car

Kelly Olsen / Associated Press

Seoul, South Korea -- Hyundai Motor unveiled its first electric car Thursday -- the BlueOn -- as it moves to catch up with Japanese rivals that have jumped ahead in the field.

Hyundai showed off the car on the grounds of Seoul's hillside Blue House, the office and residence of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who took it for a spin while Cabinet ministers, officials and electric-vehicle industry representatives looked on.

South Korea's biggest automaker said that it invested about 40 billion won ($34.3 million) over one year to create the vehicle, which is based on the automaker's small i10 hatchback.

Hyundai, which hailed the small car as South Korea's first full-speed electric vehicle, said that it plans to deliver 30 of them on a test basis to various South Korean government organizations by October and plans to manufacture 2,500 by the end of 2012.

"We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai's latest technological advancements," Lee Hyun-Soon, vice chairman at the automaker's research and development center, said in a release.

"Consumers' interests and demand for eco-friendly cars are rising and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader," he said.

Hyundai has in recent years won strong reviews for quality and design as it increased market share and brand recognition worldwide, but Japanese rivals have pushed ahead in electric vehicles.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. already manufactures the iMiEV electric car, while Nissan Motor Co. plans to mass produce its Leaf electric vehicle during this fiscal year.

The 2,500 cars Hyundai plans to produce will include retail sales in South Korea, said Song Meeyoung, a company spokeswoman. She could not say exactly when consumer sales would begin.

As for overseas sales, she said it was "too early too discuss potential export markets at the moment."

The BlueOn has a maximum speed of 130 kph (80.6 mph), can accelerate to 100 kph in 13.1 seconds and travel as much as 140 kilometers on a single charge of its lithium-ion polymer battery, Hyundai said.

The automaker boasted that it carried out "hundreds of thousands of kilometers worth of endurance testing to secure safety."

The company also said the car makes an artificial engine sound as a safety feature for warning pedestrians because electric vehicles make little or no sound at low speeds.

The name BlueOn was derived from its Blue Drive strategy of "eco-friendly products and technologies" and the word "on" from "switch on."

Hyundai's stock price fell 0.7 percent Thursday to close at 151,000 won. Hyundai shares tripled in value in 2009.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100909/AUTO01/9090439/1148/auto01/Hyundai-shows-off-S.-Korea-s-first-electric-car#ixzz0z2TY2t6m

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HYUNDAI UNVEILS ALL-ELECTRIC BLUEON

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its first electric vehicle at an event in South Korea. Based largely on Hyundai’s i10 hatchback, the new EV – dubbed the ‘BlueOn’ – will enter fleet testing next month and could be available for retail sales by 2012.

Building on the electric i10 model shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai has spent an additional $34 million on the BlueOn project over the last 12-months. The end result is a compact electric hatchback with a range of 87 miles and a top speed of about 80mph.

“We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai’s latest technological advancements,” said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, Vice Chairman at Hyundai’s Corporate R&D Center. “Consumers’ interests and demand for eco-friendly cars are rising and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader. Hyundai is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and satisfying market needs.”

The BlueOn – whose name was derived from Hyundai’s Blue Drive strategy and the act of switching ‘on’ an electric device – uses a set of 16.4kWh lithium-polymer batteries, good for a range of nearly 90 miles. A full charge on a household socket requires six hours, but a quick charge on a 380V electrical source can provide an 80 percent charge in just 25 minutes.

Hyundai is planning to fleet test 30 examples of the BlueOn in Korea over the next two years. By August 2012, Hyundai is hopeful production of the BlueOn will increase to 2,500 units, with retail sales to follow shortly thereafter.

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Hyundai BlueOn electric vehicle unveiled in South Korea

by Autoblog Staff (RSS feed) on Sep 9th 2010 at 10:58AM

Hyundai Blueon unveiled in South Korea – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai has unveiled the BlueOn, which it claims is South Korea's first full-speed battery electric vehicle (EV). The tiny BlueOn is based on the Hyundai i10 minicar and was first shown as a prototype at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show when it was called the i10 Electric. The little EV is equipped with a 16.4 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack but, other than the capacity, Hyundai hasn't announced details about the battery yet. The pack will probably come from LG Chem, which also supplies lithium polymer energy storage for the Sonata hybrid and Chevrolet Volt.

Hyundai began development of the BlueOn a little over one year ago and has invested about $34 million in the program. Thirty BlueOns will be supplied to South Korean government agencies for a two-year pilot program that begins next month at the G20 economic summit. The BlueOn has a nominal range of 87 miles and charges in six hours from a 220-volt outlet. If a 380-volt DC charger is available, the battery can be replenished to 80 percent charge in 25 minutes. Hyundai has also equipped its EV with a Virtual Engine Sound System to create synthetic audio feedback for pedestrians as well as a telematics system to help drivers find available charging stations in the area.

PRESS RELEASE

HYUNDAI UNVEILS ITS FIRST ELECTRIC CAR 'BLUEON'

`BlueOn'is Korea's first Full Speed Electric Vehicle (FSEV)

Hyundai's new vehicle boasts maximum speed of 130 km/h, can travel 140 km on a single charge

Korean President Lee Myung-Bak attends unveiling ceremony, test drive

Hyundai Motor Co. today unveiled the company's - and Korea's - first Full Speed Electric Vehicle (FSEV) named 'BlueOn,' opening a new era in eco-friendly technology.

We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai's latest technological advancements," said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, Vice Chairman at Hyundai's Corporate R&D Center. "Consumers' interests and demand for eco-friendly cars are rising and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader. Hyundai is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and satisfying market needs."

Hyundai unveiled the car at the Blue House today, in the presence of Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and Ministers from the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and Ministry of Environment. About 50 other government and electric-vehicle industry officials were also present. During the unveiling ceremony, President Lee and Hyundai's Vice Chairman Lee test drove one of the new vehicles together on the Blue House premises.

Test Fleets

Hyundai invested a total of about 40 billion won over a one year period to create BlueOn, which is based on Hyundai's small hatchback, i10. The electric version of i10 was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009.

Beginning with today's ceremony, Hyundai is planning to provide 30 BlueOn vehicles as test fleets to various government organizations in Korea by October. These vehicles will be mainly used to help develop and test charging infrastructures for about two years, until August 2012. Furthermore, these cars will be used for promotional purposes, starting with the upcoming G20 summit, to boost Korea's eco-friendly image.

The name 'BlueOn' derives from Hyundai's Blue Drive strategy, which encompasses the company's eco-friendly products and technologies. The word 'On' symbolizes "switch on."

Innovative LiPoly Batteries, Virtual Sound

BlueOn has a compact body with an overall length of 3,585 mm, overall width of 1,595 mm and overall height of 1,540 mm. It is equipped with a highly efficient electric motor powered by an innovative 16.4 kWh LiPoly (lithium-ion polymer) battery technology that offers numerous advantages over other battery types. BlueOn boasts a maximum power of 81ps(61kW) and maximum torque of 21.4kg/m(210Nm).

As pure electric vehicles operate only with the battery and electric motor, the battery's lifespan and storage capacity determines the vehicle's performance. Hyundai chose LiPoly batteries because compared with previous nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH), LiPoly delivers the same power with 30 percent less weight and 40 percent less volume, boosting efficiency and leaving more interior space for passengers.

Furthermore, the car has been designed to prevent overcharging and collision-related safety issues. Hyundai also conducted hundreds of thousands of kilometers' worth of endurance testing to secure safety. BlueOn boasts a maximum speed of 130km/h and 0-100 km/h is achieved in 13.1 seconds, better than some gasoline models in the same class.

BlueOn also features a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS), which creates an artificial sound for the safety of pedestrians, as electric vehicles make little to no sound when driving at low speeds.

Recharging

BlueOn can travel as much as 140 km on a single charge. It also accommodates dual recharging methods: a 220V household power and a 380V industrial-strength power, which promises quick recharging speeds. Under the household power, the battery will be fully recharged within six hours. Under the quick charge method, the battery can be recharged to about 80 percent of its capacity within 25 minutes. Hyundai will collaborate with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and other government agencies to build recharging facilities.

In addition, the engine-driven components were electrified so that the electric motor-driven power steering, electric water pump and regenerative brake system could be adapted to BlueOn. Furthermore, for the driver's convenience, an advanced telematics system showing the charge status and location of recharging stations is installed. A 4.2-inch TFT LCD Supervision Cluster that provides voice guidance has also been installed.

Hyundai plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities for BlueOn next year, carrying out test productions and making about 2,500 units by the end of 2012.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/09/hyundai-blueon-electric-vehicle-unveiled-in-south-korea/

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Hyundai Shows its First Pure Electric Car, the i10 'BlueOn'

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

In a special event in South Korea, Hyundai revealed its first production-ready full electric car named "Blueon". Based on the firm's small i10 hatchback, the BlueOn was developed over a one year period, with an investment of approximately 40 billion Won, or US$34 million.

The Blueon is equipped with an electric motor producing 61kW (82HP) and maximum torque of 210Nm. Energy is drawn from a 16.4 kWh LiPoly (lithium-ion polymer) battery pack, which offers a driving range of 140 km (87 miles) on a single charge.

When connected to a regular household power supply, the battery pack can be fully recharged within six hours, while under the 'quick charge' method, the battery can be replenished to around 80 percent capacity in 25 minutes.

Hyundai says the BlueOn can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in 13.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 130km/h (81mph).

Like other EVs, the BlueOn features a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS), which creates an artificial sound for the safety of pedestrians when driving at low speeds.

Hyundai said it is planning to provide around 30 BlueOn test fleet vehicles to a number of Korean government organizations over the next few months to develop and test charging infrastructure over a two year period, with a goal of building building 2,500 examples for sale by the end of 2012.

"We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai's latest technological advancements," said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, Vice Chairman at Hyundai's Corporate R&D Center. "Consumers' interests and demand for eco-friendly cars are rising and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader. Hyundai is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and satisfying market needs."

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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/hyundai-shows-its-first-pure-electric.html

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Hyundai Debuts BlueOn EV; May Begin Retail Sales in 2012

By Vince Courtenay

WardsAuto.com, Sep 9, 2010 11:37 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. unveils its first production electric vehicle, the BlueOn, and says it plans to build 2,500 units for both fleet demonstration and retail customers by the end of 2012.

“The 2,500 figure is cumulative and includes 30 vehicles to be produced this year,” a spokesman tells Ward’s. “It is not clear when retail sales will begin, probably sometime in 2012.”

All of the vehicles will be manufactured in South Korea, but the auto maker does not disclose at which plant.

The first 30 BlueOns will be produced by October and used in demonstration fleets over the next two years to help develop and test Korea's EV infrastructure.

The vehicles also will be utilized as courtesy cars at the G-20 Summit, to be held Nov.11-12 in Seoul with U.S. President Obama and 19 other world leaders in attendance.

The BlueOn officially debuted today at the Cheong Wa Dae, which is Korea’s equivalent of the White House, where South Korean President Lee Myung-bak test drove the EV.

“We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai’s latest technological advancements,” says Lee hyun-soon, Hyundai vice chairman in charge of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group’s research and development center in Namyang.

BlueOn boasts maximum speed of 81 mph and driving range of 87 miles.

“Consumer interest and demand for eco-friendly cars is rising and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader,” he adds. “Hyundai is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and satisfying market needs.”

South Korean President Lee tells reporters at the event he hopes the country will lead the budding global EV market one day. “The age of electric cars is approaching faster than expected.

“If this electric vehicle is of higher quality than the one from Japan, it is a great achievement,” he says, referring to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV introduced in March.

The i-MiEV has a slightly shorter driving range than the BlueOn, a Hyundai spokesman says.

The BlueOn is based on the Hyundai i10 and is powered by a 16.4 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack that develops a maximum 82 hp and 155 lb.-ft. (210 Nm) of torque.

The car attains a maximum speed of 81 mph (130 km/h) and reaches 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 13.1 seconds. Hyundai notes the acceleration rate is better than some gasoline-powered vehicles in the compact class.

The BlueOn has passed “hundreds of thousands of kilometers” of endurance testing, Hyundai says in a statement. It has a range of 87 miles (140 km) on a single charge.

The battery pack can be fully recharged by 220V household current in six hours or 80% recharged in 25 minutes using 380V power outlets, the auto maker says.

The EV features electric power steering, electric water pump and a regenerative brake system that helps to recharge the batteries while driving.

A Ministry of Knowledge Economy news release says with the introduction of the BlueOn, electric-vehicle production now is three years ahead of the government’s planning schedule. The new target for mass production target now is set for 2015.The government also says it will pay a portion of the price for EVs purchased by federal departments.

The BlueOn was developed over a 1-year period by Hyundai and its supplier partners at an overall cost of 40 billion won ($34.3 million), the auto maker says.

link:

http://wardsauto.com/home/hyundai_blueon_2012_100909/

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