Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

HyundaiElantraElectric

  • Looks like: The gas-only Elantra, with a big helping of EV stickers
  • Defining characteristics: All-electric drivetrain, 124-mile range, 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery pack, 90 mph top speed
  • Ridiculous features: In the past, maybe the electric drivetrain, but no more
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Hyundai says this is just a concept for now

Not to be left out of the electric-vehicle frenzy, Hyundai showed an all-electric version of its Elantra compact sedan at the 2012 Detroit auto show. It's purely a concept car at the moment, but it's yet more evidence of the weight automakers are giving to electric cars.

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If it weren't for the elaborate graphics the Elantra Electric wouldn't have trouble blending in with its gas-only counterpart. The concept also gets a few extra badges, slightly different wheels and a unique Hyundai badge on the grille.

The big changes, however, are beneath the sheet metal, where the conventional four-cylinder powertrain has been swapped with an electric drivetrain. It consists of an 80-kilowatt motor powered by a 27-kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery pack. Hyundai claims the combination provides a driving range of 124 miles. The 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger enables a depleted battery to be replenished in five hours on 220-volt service, according to Hyundai.

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Hyundai Elantra Electric Concept

Comments 

Ken L.

Wow, Hyundai might be getting in on the EV act? How much will the price of gas be in a few years? Most of their vehicles are already frugal on fuel.

the electric cars are seen as the future of the automobile industry but the main hindrance in their extensive use is the time for which they can run on electricity in a single charge life plus the cost of charging. If the the charging life span can be increased and the cost of charging can be decreased then these concept cars can go a long way and solve the energy problem.

Maynex H2-Flex can make this car goes 1000 miles and recharge in about 1 minutes or less! We got new hydrogen battery technology ready.

Dewayne Presson

I have had a Hyundai Santa Fe for three years and love it. It's dependable and flawless design. I will buy another Hyundai product and am interested in waiting to see if the EV vehicle comes out next year or may just buy the Elantra.

Max Reid

Make it a wagon when it comes to the market, so that the extra space will be useful. Great.

Please ensure that prices dont cross $35K.

Finally we are seeing lot of Plugins / EVs and there are already 7000 EV charging stations in USA.

Keith

If they make it a hybrid vehicle first (Ford has made a costly error in making an $40k electric Focus first that very few will buy despite its good looks) then later make an all electric vehicle they could effectively create a "Prius Killer".

Martin

Flouride battery tech is the future. It can hold 8times more charge than the Lithium Ion. That will completely change the automobile industry. Goggle flouride battery and read.

Martin

Hyundai must market this car 124 mile range is okay. Tesla is coming with 200 mile range in 2015 and in the price range of 30K. If Hyundai can sell for 20K then it will sold like hot bread..I don't see why...The Hyundai Elantra Electric with 124 Miles with price of 20,000$ is the answer...Be greedy and put the price as 30,000$ then no one will buy.They will prefer Tesla...I am for now interested in buying a chevy volt.

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