Hyundai Begins Receiving Orders for Elantra Hybrid

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  • Paves the way for successful launch of world’s first LPI Hybrid
  • 99 g/km of CO2, 90% fewer pollutants to qualify as SULEV

(Seoul, Korea) Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, began receiving pre-launch orders for its Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), its first hybrid vehicle for commercial sale.

Hyundai will accept pre-launch orders starting today until July 7, a day before it officially introduces the car in the Korea domestic market. The car, which is the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by a Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) engine, was first unveiled at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show in April. To be sold under the Avante badge in Korea, the Elantra LPI HEV will ensure eco-friendliness as well as economical operating costs and differentiated designs.

Powered by an LPI Gamma engine displacing 1.6 liters, a 15kW (105 Nm) electric motor and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the Elantra LPI HEV emits just 99 g/km of CO2 and 90 percent fewer emissions than an equivalent standard gasoline–powered Elantra to qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV). Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), often referred to as auto gas, is a low carbon emitting hydrocarbon fuel, which burns more cleanly than gasoline or diesel and is especially free of the particulates associated with the latter.

In addition, the Elantra LPI Hybrid is a mild–type hybrid capable with a fuel economy rating of 17.8km/l (or gasoline equivalent of 22.2km/l): This represents a 47 percent improvement over a conventional 1.6L auto-equipped Elantra. It’s even cheaper to operate, as the average price of LPG in Korea is 50% less than that of gasoline.

Elantra LPI Hybrid is also the world’s first hybrid vehicle to adopt advanced Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable batteries that have higher energy density, lower manufacturing costs, are more robust to physical damage and can also take more charge–discharge cycles before storage capacity begins to degrade than Lithium Ion Batteries. The technology and all key components in the LPI HEV have been developed by Hyundai and its local partners, including the motor, battery and low DC/DC converter.

Elantra LPI HEV Specifications

Hybrid Type Flywheel-mounted motor-generatorparallel type (mild)
Length 4505
Width 1775
Height 1490
Wheelbase 2650
Tires Low-Rolling Resistance
Engine In-line 4, 1.6L Gamma All-Aluminum(Atkinson Cycle)
Bore x Stroke 77.0mm x 85.44mm
Compression Ratio 12:1
Head DOHC 16-Valve
CVVT Single-Type (Intake)
Maximum Power 114ps @ 6000rpm
Maximum Torque 15.1kg m @ 4500rpm
Acceleration 0-100km/h 11.5 sec
Transmission CVT with Metal V-Belt &Multi-Disc Wet Clutches for Start-Up
Motor Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Maximum Power 15kW
Maximum Torque 105Nm
Maximum Speed 6000rpm
Batteries Lithium Ion Polymer Forced Air Cooling
Voltage 180V
Capacity 5.3Ah
Tires 185/65 R15 (STD) 195/65 R15 (OPT) Low-Friction
Fuel Economy 17.8km/l (22.2km/l gasoline equivalent)
CO2 Emissions 99 g/km
Emissions Classification SULEV
Top Speed 188km/h
Steering Motor-Driven Power Steering
Weight 1297kg
Fuel Tank (L) 45.2
Suspension (F) McPherson Strut
(R) Multi-Link