Hyundai just announced that will start selling an electric car after March 2016, when it will be unveiled at International Electric Vehicle Expo in South Korea.
Hyundai will have a dedicated platform for electric cars. The new model will have great aerodynamics and try to outsell the new Prius. It will be sold in plug-in hybrid and AE (all electric) versions.
The back is very similar to the first generation Chevrolet Volt.
Hyundai move to anticipate other automakers is just a result of the perfect storm that has been created for the electric’s car success.
- Volkswagen’s diesel scandal will make emission regulations stricter and going electric is the only route automakers can go now. Who choose to keep ignoring it will be out of business. I’m looking at you Toyota.
- LG Chem’s high energy density (240 Wh/kg) and low cost (below $150/kWh) cells are ready for who wants them. Battery technology is not an excuse anymore to don’t produce affordable and long range electric cars.
- Tesla Model III will be shown at March 2016 and Tesla Motors will then start taking money for reservations.
- Chevrolet Bolt is confirmed for production by October 2016.
- The new generation Leaf is expected to be announced in the following days in Tokyo Motor Show.
There is now an undeclared race for electric’s car supremacy.
Back to Hyundai’s electric car, it will most likely use a battery made by 192 cells with 65 Ah capacity produced by LG Chem. The 46 kWh battery will have around 40 kWh usable capacity and charge in 8 hours with the 32 A charger. This will be enough for 300 km real world range and more than 400 km in the overly optimistic NEDC.
This 40 kWh usable battery will be common in a lot of new electric cars about to come, since LG Chem has contracts to supply batteries with many automakers. Range differences between models will depend on weight and aerodynamics of each.
Before 2015 ends we should have more automakers announcing new electric cars that are both affordable and have decent range. For how long will Renault-Nissan maintain the lead in electric mobility?