• Apr 2nd 2011 at 4:54PM
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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yep, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is late for its U.S. launch party. How tardy is it? Well, the gas-electric Sonata was supposed to go on sale last December, but a last-second modification to the hybrid's pedestrian warning system delayed its debut. Hyundai supposedly delivered a handful of Sonata Hybrids in January, but dealers are telling Ward's Auto that "no one has them."

Fortunately, Hyundai intends to remedy some of the Sonata Hybrid shortage within days. According to the Korean automaker, somewhere around 900 gas-electric Sonatas sit at port in the U.S. and 650 more are making the journey across the Pacific. Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor told Ward's that by month's end "you'll start to see the pipeline filling." Who'da thunk that removing a simple switch that disables the Sonata Hybrid's noisemaker would cause months of delays?


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      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I put the switch back in?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Well, if you can, you shouldn't be raising this question, If you may or not, perhaps you still can.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.

      Start buyin' and crashin' these, folks. I need a kilowatt or two of quality LiPo for my new eBike build ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You may well be right. It would appear the EV/Hybrid wreak will be far more valuable than the ICE wreck.

        Only drawback maybe safety legislation. Y'know the usual, ooooh , it might be dangerous, must be disposed of safely by 'registered recyclers', nanny state approach.

        There is a very small modicum of sense in this, as 'home built cars' are not that desirable when built for profit, rather than enthusiasm. I can envisage the possibility of badly insulated components roughly assembled for a quick profit.

        But we'll see
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes indeed, it is our safety concerns that may strangle this trade.
        I do worry about that. But i also think the packs may slip out the back door.... just as A123 20AH cells have ;)

        However the individual owner may be able to sell their busted electric car later on, knowing the value of the battery itself.

        If the batteries really last as long as they say, the packs could be worth in the upper thousands of $.

        ICE parts are useless for about 5-10 years. Yeah it is a shame. Swapping all the various parts between different cars works 1 time outta 100..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ 2WM

        Thanks, I'll certainly check out endless sphere forum. I also contribute on occasion to V is for Voltage, has some very knowledgeable contributors (and the usual collection of lunatics) , but in general can be quite a good technical forum.

        Now, I 'll scoot on over to ESF!

        Cheers!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, they are useable for sure! in fact i have seen some Vectrix conversions before. They are using off the shelf batteries from various companies that cater to the eBike/eScooter/eMotorcycle market.

        I think car batteries are useful if you have a good BMS that will work with them - the stock BMSes from the car may not work correctly. So you'll have to find a solution for that. The question is - is it cost effective to take car cells and add a BMS? or should you just go pick up a 48-96v lifepo4 pack, install that, and send the customer on their way?

        With scooters you can often just plug a battery in and call it a day. The BMS is usually integrated into the battery, and the only thing the scooter sees is a voltage. So the technical part of hooking the battery to the scooter should be painless.

        As long as you are within the voltage range of the original battery, it will operate similar, if not better than the original.

        The charging equipment will need changing though, as NiMH/NiCad is quite different than lithium.

        With a little electronics knowledge, you may be able to revive those things. Or at least. sell them on eBay to tinkerers :)

        You should check out the endless sphere forum. I am a regular on there and my nick is 'neptronix'. Lotta guys playing around with old scooters on there, though the forum is really centered around eBikes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We'll see eh?
        I think we'll see those parts purposed in the DIY community.

        The hybrid power packs can be used in electric bicycles and electric motorcycles.

        I bet you will see the hybrid motors / motor controllers be used in electric motorcycles too, as most of them have 8-40hp. That's enough power for a motorcycle or a scooter, for sure!

        As for the battery packs, i bet you the bare cells / cell packs will fetch a pretty penny in wrecked cars. The motors will be repurposed for DIY car conversions, and someone will figure out how to get the motor controllers to work in other cars.

        This is the beauty of electric. The lack of transmission, fluids, and emissions equipment makes all this stuff a DREAM to work with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ 2WM,

        Completely off topic, but what do you think of all the orphaned 2007-8 Vectrix VX-1's, left without service or warranty due to the collapse of Vectrix Corp. Equipped with the old defective NiMH batteries.

        Maybe, batteries (or part battery packs) from EV/hybrid suitable EV and hybrid donors could be salvaged to cheaply convert them back to life using some compatible components or even convert to Lithium?

        We have a fleet of 22 VX1's and find the old batteries ok as long as they're well maintained. However there are hundreds of paralysed VX1's siting around in garages, breaking there owners hearts, abandoned by Vectrix, never to move again.

        Do you you think EV/Hybrid wreaks, may prove an economic salvation for these distressed owners?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting point, although hybrids and EV's are still fairly new, as the numbers grow a certain number must be written off in auto-collisions.

        What market will there be for the components of the wrecks as spare parts? The value of the wrecks must eventually impact on the cost of insurance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lose all the brightwork ,delete grill bar , then I,ll try one out. Nice sidelines,tho.
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