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Environmentally Friendly Cars – A Hyundai First, The Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Car

Article: Environmentally Friendly Cars – A Hyundai First, The Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Car

Hyundai Motor Co. has launched its first Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Elantra LPI Hybrid, in the Korean market in July 2009. Although not its first environmentally friendly car, this hybrid electric car speaks volumes of the traditional Hyundai quality and chic designs.

Here are the Specifications

Powered by a 1.6 LPI Gamma engine with maximum power rated at 114 ps
15kW electric motor with maximum power rated at 20ps
The hybrid engine of Elantra LPI HEV with a total 134 horsepower a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Acceleration from zero to 100km/h at 11.7 seconds
Delivers a fuel economy rating of 41.9 mpg (17.8 km/l)
CO2 emissions at 99g/km qualifies it as a Super Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV)
Hybrid Car Price for three different models (Locally priced) – Elantra LPI HEV, HDe-I and HDE-III models range from US$16,180 to$18,310

Five-year/100,000-km powertrain warranty
Six-year/120,000km warranty for the LiPoly battery, inverter and other key electronic and electrical components
Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Car

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Elantra HEV’s CVT is equipped with a driver-selectable ‘E (Eco-Drive)’ gear that maximizes fuel efficiency by reducing sharp fluctuations in the torque, increasing the use of electric motor assist and electric charge regeneration when brakes are applied.

The fuel efficiency of Elantra LPI HEV is further improved with the engine ‘Auto-Stop’ function which automatically switches off the ignition at idle. This feature only functions when the driver applies the brakes after running the car for more than two seconds at speeds of 9km/h or higher.

Its SuperVision gauge cluster is equipped with an “Eco Guide” tree icon which is designed to coach the driver into developing more economical driving habits

Hyundai invested US$198 million over a 43 month-long development period on the Elantra LPI HEV. This Hybrid Electric Car is just the start of the vast investment that Hyundai has invested in Environmentally Friendly Cars – A Truly Green Legacy To be Remembered for Generations.


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