Hyundai To Launch Its First Battery-Powered Electric Car
Hyundai Motor Co. plans to start selling its first battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) in 2016 as South Korea’s champion of fuel-cell cars hedges its bets in next-generation green technology. Hyundai has leant toward engines which turn hydrogen into electricity in response to stricter emissions regulations in markets such as the U.S. Research and development partner Kia Motors Corp. has focused on rechargeable batteries.
But the division of labor is blurring at a time when the number of battery-powered EVs is on the rise. BMW’s i3 and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd’s Leaf are widely expected to reach Korea this year – as will Kia’s Soul EV. “There is no clear direction about which eco-friendly cars will win. We are dividing roles of Hyundai and Kia, with Hyundai launching fuel cell cars and Kia focusing on electric cars,” Senior Vice President Lee Ki-sang told reporters on Tuesday. “But the time will come when Kia will introduce a fuel-cell car. Hyundai is also preparing to launch a (battery-powered) electric car in 2016,” Lee said at the Korean launch of the Soul. For more on this from Scientific American click here.
We’ll all heard a lot about many different “smart” devices, including a “smart car”. The aim of these technologies in the automotive market is to increase efficiency and lower risk and injury. The picture that’s presented to us a leisurely drive where we can be checking e-mail, surfing the Internet, text messaging, etc. all while the “smart car” gets us quickly and safely to our destinations for us, our own personal driver whenever we want it.
Automatic overdrive systems are a form of transmission system offering significant performance enhancements and can also increase the efficiency of your car. When people hear the term ‘overdrive’ they may think it’s all about speed, but that’s not the focus of the feature. Overdrive can help a car to go faster, but it’s really focused on allowing the engine to run at a lower RPM while maintaining the vehicle’s current cruising speed.