Hyundai Enters The Green Auto Market With a Bang | IAA Frankfurt Auto Show

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Much has been written about the launch of the Hyundai i10 concept, the company’s first foray into the electric car market. It’s an impressive car and the underlying technology trumps many other competitors.

For example, there’s the Li-Poly battery which Hyundai claim will charge almost twice as fast as the Li-Ion battery championed by Renault and other manufacturers. Of course, this assumes you have an industrial outlet with enough amps to provide the power fast enough.

However, the Hyundai i10 is more than a standalone electric car. It is part of a range which the company has obviously thought about long and hard before bringing it to market.

Three green i-series green cars were presented at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, making the manufacturer the first to starting to think about a specific range of cars which will be needed as the world converts away from traditional gas driven cars:

Hyundai i10 electric car, ideal for short distances and maybe requiring only one or two charges per week. It has zero emissions, a fact which will be increasingly important as cap-and-trade takes hold.

Hyundai i20 LPG car, often considered a halfway house between gas and electric. It has roughly the same range and roughly the same power as a traditional gas car. However, the fuel costs significantly less and produces less emissions.

Hyundai i30 CDi car, which no “green” manufacturer would be without. The future of fuel-driven cars, the CDi offers better fuel consumption and emissions while using the current gas station infrastructure. It is the first choice for long distance, low emissions travel.

There are a number of mass-market CDi cars starting to appear as either production models or concepts. A few tread the LPG market and handful think about electric cars.

But only Hyundai have put all the solutions into one series of cars. “You want a green car, come to us”: only Hyundai are telling the consumer that whatever their motoring requirements, they have the solution.

Image Credit: Hyundai

 

Chris Milton

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