Automotive News reports that Kia will launch a small electric vehicle by the end of this year, and that it will be the first car in a wave of forthcoming Korean EVs. It's not known if or when the new electric cars will eventually arrive in the U.S., though it would hardly be surprising if they did. Hyundai Motor Group calls this EV initiative the TAM project, and that the first vehicle to come out of it will ride on the subcompact Hyundai i10 platform.

All told, Automotive News says that Kia will produce 2,000EVs for 2012. A small group of BlueOn Hyundai i10 EVs has been ongoing in South Korea, and it's thought that the lessons learned will be applied to the upcoming Kia vehicle.

This is Hyundai's first real push into the electric vehicle segment. While Japanese and domestic automakers have already brought production EVs to market, Hyundai and Kia have contented themselves with offerings like the Sonata Hybrid and Optima Hybrid.

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      The i10 is too small for the US.
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      YES! There is a chance that not *all* EVs on the market will look like ****!
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      My wife drives 42 miles round trip every day, and needs to be assured that her car will not leave her stranded to freeze in the dark of winter, and will keep her cool in summer, then go to her gigs in the evening (10 miles RT) without a charge. That's not asking too much, I think. If this will do duty like that, she's in. Anything that would produce anxiety about safely making her rounds, and the deal's off.
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      Range and recharge time, I wouldn't be surprised it "too short" and "too long" are the answers. It's a long ways off before these vehicles are practical for most people, so why keep releasing these baby step vehicles? Spare the production expense and just keep at it until you have something realistic. On the other side of that coin, I haven't heard anything about the auto makers trying to standardize car batteries, so that a gas station could turn into a charging station where you just swap your battery pack and go. Granted I haven't really looked into what standards the auto manufacturers might be trying to come up with either. Remember - "You can't tell people smoking is bad for you, and make them give up their cigarettes. You have to find a way to make cigarettes safe to smoke." - Issac Asimov (I may not have that 100% but it's very close)
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