Hyundai Returns To Its Roots For First EV

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
hyundai returns to its roots for first ev

Remember when Hyundai was famous for cheap, tiny hatchbacks instead of sculpted, Lexus-alike sedans? Though Hyundai’s first hybrid will be based on its popular Sonata, its first-ever EV is based on its old-school i10 hatchback. The AP reports that the BlueOn (remember, blue is the new green) will be delivered to Korean government fleets this year, with sales to the public starting in 2012. Hyundai hasn’t disclosed whether the BlueOn’s pricetag will be as old-school Hyundai as the i10, but with only 87 miles of EV range and 80 MPH from 16.4 kWh of Lithium-polymer batteries, it looks like low-cost city transport is the name of the game. But with a planned production volume of 2,500 units per year, the BlueOn shows how far Hyundai still has to come before catching up with the Nissans and Mitsubishis of the EV world. Then again, Hyundai’s come from behind before…

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Sep 09, 2010

    It doesn't look like a winner. Maybe they can work out the bugs in this older package, then produce something nice. At least the low volume doesn't indicate delusions of grandeur. As the primary customer, I'll bet the Korean government is heavily subsidizing the development costs. Oh, and I hate it when mfrs lather EV graphics all over their concept cars as though they were college science projects.

    • Don1967 Don1967 on Sep 10, 2010
      It doesn’t look like a winner. Name an EV that does. Outside of government purchasing departments, that is.

  • Robbie Robbie on Sep 09, 2010

    gslippy: the Leaf looks a lot better. This car is not meant for the US, but for busy Asian downtowns though, where many cars are of this type anyway. If they can get superior mileage or price out of this smaller package, this thing may not do poorly in the non-US marketplace.

  • Niky Niky on Sep 09, 2010

    If it's based on the i10, it should be good.