Hyundai introduces new electric car

Car manufacturer Hyundai has introduced its latest all-electric BlueOn model, claiming it can be driven up to 140km on a single charge.

The vehicle - which is based on the South Korean firm's small hatchback, the i10 - promises a maximum speed of 130kmh, while it can accelerate from 0-100kmh in 13.1 seconds.

The new vehicle includes an electric motor powered by 16.4kWh LiPoly (lithium-ion polymer) battery technology.

Although the light-weight batteries offer the same power efficiency and performance as nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, these facilitate more interior space for passengers compared with the predecessors.

According to Hyundai, the vehicle's batteries can be charged either at 220V or from 380V, providing quicker recharging speeds. The BlueOn will fully recharge from a 220-volt outlet within six hours.

Hyundai will supply some 30 BlueOn cars to government agencies in Korea this year, while it hopes to manufacture about 2,500 models by the end of 2012.

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