SsangYong has reiterated its future strategy for eco-friendly electric vehicles by unveiling the battery-powered KEV2 Concept at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. The KEV2 is a pure electric SUV based on the automaker's Korando, but with more aggressive styling. SsangYong says that the KEV2 combines abundant interior volume with a streamlined, masculine body design. SsangYong fitted the battery below the SUV's cargo area, providing ample interior space.
Motivation for the SsangYong KEV2 comes courtesy of a 120 kW (161 horsepower) electric motor, which is said to provide a maximum driving range of 180 kilometers (112 miles). That distance is possible thanks to a massive, 35-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Recharging takes approximately 30 minutes using a DC fast charge setup or around eight to ten hours via a more readily available Level 2 charger. The electrified SUV tops out at 150 kilometers per hour (93.2 miles per hour) and tips the scales at 1750 kilograms (3,858 pounds). What's the chance that this electrified SUV will get the production green light and head to the States? We're certainly not betting on it.