Sat, 11 Sep 2010 07:59:27 GMT

Hyundai unveils its first electric car

Seoul: Hyundai Motor, South Korea's No1 carmaker, unveiled its first pure electric car on Thursday, with a goal of commencing mass production of the vehicles in 2012. The "BlueOn," based on its i10 hatchback, will be powered by batteries made by SK Energy with a capacity of 16.4 kilowatts per hour, Hyundai said in a statement, without disclosing prices for the vehicle.

Hyundai unveils its first electric car

The BlueOn can run 140 kilometres on a single charge and features a maximum speed of 130 kilometres per hour, it said. Hyundai will produce and supply a small number of electric vehicles to government agencies this year and next before commencing sales to the general public in 2012, by which it plans to manufacture 2,500 units, Hyundai said.

Hyundai said it was early to say in which markets the BlueOn would be launched first. "We are taking a baby step. There is no infrastructure such as charging stations in Korea and many other countries," a spokesperson said.

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