Hyundai launches first PHEV with 43km electric range

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Hyundai has launched a new PHEV version of its Sonata sedan that will shortly go on sale in the Korean and North American markets.

Hyundai claims a class-leading range of 43km in electric-only mode for its first ever PHEV, thanks to the 9.8kWh lithium polymer battery system, around five times larger than the battery in the Sonata hybrid.

Hyundai says that the larger battery system can be charged via an external electric power source using either a Level-One 120V power outlet in less than nine hours or a Level-Two 240V charging station in under three hours.

Electric power is courtesy of a 50kW electric motor that is mounted within the six-speed automatic transmission.

IC power comes from the Korean manufacturer’s 2-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine, which produces 154ps and 190Nm of torque. Total system output is 202ps at 6,000 rpm.

November 19, 2015

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