Given the rising fuel prices and the amount of pollution, manufacturers are turning their attention towards hybrids and electric vehicles. Even petrol guzzling car manufacturers are turning their attention towards making vehicles which are a blend of electric and petrol motor.
Korean manufacturer Ssangyong, showcased its Korando C EV-R, a range extender hybrid version of the compact SUV, at ENVEX 2013. For this year, Ssangyong introduced the updated variant of the Korando C EV-R which has received tweaks to its powertrain. Powering the 2014 edition of the Korando C EV-R is the same 100 KW (132bhp) electric motor that existed on the 2013 version. However, this new model gets a 34 KWh 420V Lithium polymer battery pack compared to the 16 KWh 420 V unit found on the 2013 model.
The hybrid SUV is a product of collaboration of Ssangyong, Korea Institute of Energy Research and Korea Automotive Technology Institute and is developed under national green vehicle project under South Korea’s Ministry of Environment.
Company claims that both the models of achieving a top speed of 150 kmph and a pure electric range of 150 km on a full charge.
Ssangyong may not launch this hybrid SUV any time soon. But looking at the number of hybrid vehicles coming into the market, we don’t expect Ssangyong to wait very long before this hybrid SUV goes into production.