Hyundai has unveiled the BlueOn, which it claims is South Korea's first full-speed battery electric vehicle (EV). The tiny BlueOn is based on the Hyundai i10 minicar and was first shown as a prototype at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show when it was called the i10 Electric. The little EV is equipped with a 16.4 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack but, other than the capacity, Hyundai hasn't announced details about the battery yet. The pack will probably come from LG Chem, which also supplies lithium polymer energy storage for the Sonata hybrid and Chevrolet Volt.
Hyundai began development of the BlueOn a little over one year ago and has invested about $34 million in the program. Thirty BlueOns will be supplied to South Korean government agencies for a two-year pilot program that begins next month at the G20 economic summit. The BlueOn has a nominal range of 87 miles and charges in six hours from a 220-volt outlet. If a 380-volt DC charger is available, the battery can be replenished to 80 percent charge in 25 minutes. Hyundai has also equipped its EV with a Virtual Engine Sound System to create synthetic audio feedback for pedestrians as well as a telematics system to help drivers find available charging stations in the area.