22 Miles of All-Electric Range for New Model for 2016
Hyundai is pledging 22 miles of all-electric range for its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, a variant of the Sonata sedan for 2016. The Hyundai PHEV announcement at NAIAS 2915, the North American International Auto Show, follows December’s announcement of a 42.8-mile-per-gallon Sonata Hybrid in Korea last month.
The 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid will have a 9.8-kilowatt-hour lithium polymer battery pack – “roughly five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery.” (GM has just disclosed an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium ion pack for the 2016 Chevy Volt, for which it’s promising 50 miles of all-electric range; F&F, January 13.)
The Hyundai PHEV will have a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED), a 50-kilowatt (67-horsepower) The motor is 32% percent more powerful than the motor used the in regular Sonata Hybrid and allows EV operation at higher speeds, Hyundai says.
93 Miles Per Gallon Electric
A four-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine “allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted.”
Total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.
Based on internal estimates, the new Sonata PHEV is expected to deliver 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, Hyundai says.
The NAIAS 2015 press preview ran Monday and Tuesday this week. The industry preview is today and tomorrow, and the Cobo Hall event is open to the public January 17-25.
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Source: Hyundai Motor America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up