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Electric i10 at the 2010 Auto Expo

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Hyundai has an impressive display at the Auto Expo 2010 with the theme being 'Trust and Innovation'. There was plenty innovation for sure, with the unveiling of the i10 Electric at the Expo. The i10 Electric boasts of a kerb weight of 1000 kg, the Hyundai has a range of 160 km on a single charge and has a top speed of 130 kph. Power for the electric motor comes from advanced LiPoly batteries, that when compared with conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH), are 30 per cent lighter, have 40 per cent less volume and are actually 12 per cent more efficient. The i10 Electric runs on a 65 bhp electric motor and the output of the batteries is rated at 21 bhp per hour. The batteries get up to full charge in approximately five hours from a household 220V outlet and from an industrial strength 413V outlet, it will take a mere 15 minutes to get the batteries recharged to about 85 per cent of their capacity. The i10 Electric will go into limited production sometime in 2010 for the South Korean home market.

The other cars on display at the Hyundai pavilion are the i-mode, Genesis Coupe and the H1. The i-mode is a mono-volume concept car that is powered by the all new Euro 6-ready 2.2 litre R diesel engine fitted with twin turbo-chargers.

The Genesis coupe, the sports variant of the Genesis sedan, which is on display is powered by the mighty 306 bhp, DOHC, 3.8 litre V6 engine that uses an all aluminium construction. For tour operators, hotels and other such applications, Hyundai has showcased its H1 - a large van built to seat between 9 to 12 passengers in comfort and luxury. Just like the i-mode and i10 Electric, these two Hyundais are just being showcased at the Expo with no plans of their launch in India.