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There are no details on what and where

Hyundai is finally giving in and developing a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for the U.S.

There are absolutely no details about the upcoming BEV, such as features or when it will be available. But Hyundai CEO John Krafcik confirmed the company's intentions. 

“Our primary zero-emission vehicle focus is fuel cell right now, but we will certainly field a BEV at some point,” Krafcik said.

Hyundai certainly is focusing on fuel cells at the moment, with its hydrogen-powered version of the ix35 finally for sale in Europe last week and a fuel-cell-powered Tucson crossover in the works. However, finding hydrogen isn't so easy, and that could be a big problem for consumers. 

Another reason for Hyundai to consider BEVs is because of strict California rules. The state will require all major auto manufacturers to include some form of zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) among their vehicle options. Some automakers have already released vehicles that fit this description, such as Nissan's Leaf and Tesla's Model S. 

Hyundai already offers a battery car in South Korea called BlueOn. It's powered by a 16.4-kilowatt/hour lithium polymer battery that has a range of just under 90 miles per charge. Its top speed is 80 MPH and can reach 0 to 60 MPH in 13.1 seconds.

Sources: The Detroit Bureau, The Detroit News

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By btc909 on 6/11/2013 12:33:02 AM , Rating: 2
Crap range. Ugly. No cargo space. Barely seats 4.

RE: Again
By BRB29 on 6/11/2013 8:08:32 AM , Rating: 2
Crap range. Ugly. No cargo space. Seats 4 Asians.

RE: Again
By lagomorpha on 6/11/2013 8:32:29 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose there's nothing stopping them from making a big electric SUV with good range other than the batteries would cost more than a Veyron.

RE: Again
By karimtemple on 6/11/2013 9:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
Thank Christ for Tesla. Come ooooonn 2016!!

RE: Again
By DrApop on 6/11/2013 9:54:12 AM , Rating: 2
If you want cargo space and a bunch of seats, go buy a gas guzzler, caddy, truck, SUV....a typical oversized American car.

Yawn... just another compliance car
By SublimeSimplicity on 6/10/2013 4:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
For those that don't understand, to sell cars in CA you need ZEV credits. You can either get those credits by selling a BEV or buying them from someone who does and has extra (ie Tesla or Nissan). These car companies need to weigh the cost of credits vs the loss they'll take on a half-ass EV conversion (ie compliance car).

However even if you go the weenie compliance car route it has to be compelling (or cheap) enough for someone to be willing to drive it. If their current EV is IT, that'll be a hard sell against the other compliance car choices.

RE: Yawn... just another compliance car
By Nutzo on 6/11/2013 10:55:30 AM , Rating: 2
Or you can do what Honda just did (or Nissan), and sell/lease the car below cost. It's cheaper for the car companies to sell/lease these electric cars below cost instead of paying the penalty.

Now that the environmentalist have managed to permanently shut down the nuclear power plant here in Southern California, electricity prices will be going up, making these electric cars even more impractical.

By Denigrate on 6/11/2013 12:11:47 PM , Rating: 2
Gotta love the greenies. I think the only actual green thing about them is their moldy minds.

By Dr of crap on 6/13/2013 12:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yep that's what I thought, but what about this.

IF you NEED a BEV for California, and who knows who else, why not strip out one of your current cars or SUVs, slap a battery in it, prices it so high no one will buy it and if they do then you've made a hugh profit?

We've all see the sales on these things and they are not selling. So be the one that snobs the govt requirements at having one of these by "offering" one that couldn't possibly sell!

ugh lee
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 6/10/2013 5:00:20 PM , Rating: 2
Gosh that thing looks like a joke. Maybe they can give them away with sales of each Equus, as a 'permaloaner' or something..

Stop it
By semo on 6/11/2013 5:56:12 AM , Rating: 2
No such thing as kilowatt/hour.

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