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Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Powertrain Revealed


Hyundai has finally released images of the much talked about Ioniq along with specifications for its engine. The Korean hybrid will use a traditional hybrid motor that produces approximately 150hp. The power comes from a 1.6L Kappa GDI engine which produces 104hp from gas and an additional 43hp supplied by an electric motor. Hyundai will be mating the engine to a dual-clutch transmission which further helps promote fuel economy.

Additional weight savings is found by a generous amount of aluminum being used around the car such as the hood and trunk. The lithium-ion battery will be placed as low as possible to promote better handling and weight distribution, again helping to boost fuel economy.

Judging by Hyundai’s recently released specification and images, the Ioniq Hybrid will be quite the contender for Toyota’s Prius.

Hyundai Ioniq Spotted


Hyundai has been very tight lipped about their all new Ioniq which is scheduled to debut in South Korea next month.
Yang Woong-Chul, Hyundai’s Global R&D Chief stated, “Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with a variety of powertrain options to suit customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design or driving enjoyment”. Judging by these spy photos, Hyundai’s new sedan surely stays true to the Korean company’s current direction in design.

The spy photos (photo credit: SpiedBilde) shows the Ioniq will features an aggressive multi barred front grille, a sloped roofline ending in what looks to be a hatch based trunk. Powertrain options will all be eco friendly seeing as they will be electric based. Hyundai will offer a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and an all electric option.

Hyundai is set to debut the Ioniq stateside at the New York Auto Show in March.

Motor Monday: The Future is Small and Boosted


We got a brief reprieve from $1.30/L gas prices when oil tanked (zing), but less than a month later we’re nearly back to where we started. Alberta may be oil country, but that doesn’t mean people are willing to get bent over at the pump forever. We still love our V8s (and always will), but it’s starting to make more and more sense to pick up a more efficient commuter. It’s not just gas prices, but an entire culture of eco-friendliness which is driving the push for efficient vehicles elsewhere in North America. Consumers are demanding green cars and the manufacturers are being forced to respond. Hybrids and electrics are stealing the headlines right now, but North America is also seeing a reemergence of the sub-compact segment which hasn’t had much hold here in over a decade. While Canadian sales of sedans like the Camry, Accord and Fusion dropped from 2013 to 2014, we saw double digit increases for small cars like the Accent, Fit, Yaris and Mirage.

Of course, not everybody wants a tiny hatchback, and a lot of people require more capable vehicles, which means going with something larger and, usually, far less efficient. Luckily for them, manufacturers are being pressured to increase efficiency across their entire range. CAFE regulations, which penalize manufacturers whose fleet doesn’t meet a minimum fuel efficiency requirement, have raised the bar for small passenger cars by over 40% since 2005. They will continue increasing it by another 5% annually until 2025 where they’ll mandate 60 mpg. This means that car makers don’t just need to offer a fuel efficient car to those who want one, they need to increase the efficiency of their entire line-up or pay significant penalties. Now technically CAFE only applies to cars built in the United States, but Canadian Environmental Protection Act was recently amended to include very similar provisions for cars built here.

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Audi Joins The Fuel Cell Club With A7 H-Tron


It seems like more and more automakers are jumping into the whole fuel cell vehicle game, or at least they’re jumping on the “let’s build a proof of concept” bandwagon anyway. Toyota’s FCV-R concept has moved closer to production as the automaker has now given it an actual name calling it the Mirai Fuel Cell vehicle. Audi is the latest one to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, however they are pairing it up with an electric drivetrain to form a plug-in hydrogen hybrid system. With a pair of electric motors delivering 228 horsepower and 400 lb-ft to all four wheels, giving the A7 H-Tron the Quattro all-wheel-drive moniker, a rarity for fuel cell vehicles. The H-tron can temporarily boost the voltage to the electrical motors bumping out power delivery to 305 horsepower.

“The A7 Sportback h-tron quattro is a genuine Audi – at once sporty and efficient. Conceived as an e-quattro, its two electric motors drive all four wheels,” explained Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi. “The h-tron concept car shows that we have mastered fuel cell technology. We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready.”

Utilizing four carbon fiber reinforced polymer encased aluminum cylindrical tanks to store 5KG of compressed hydrogen gas (H2) at over 10,000 PSI, the H-tron has a range of over 500 kilometers (about 310 miles) accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds up to a top speed of 180 km/h. Being a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the H-tron does all this while emitting absolutely no emissions. The only byproduct of the fuel cell is water. In fact if you notice in our picture gallery, the H-tron doesn’t even have any exhaust tips out back. If you run out of H2, the battery can provide up to 50 km/h of all-electric range. One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles is the recharging time, but on the H-tron the battery reaches full charge from 2 hours on a commercial 360V electrical circuit up to 4 hours on a residential 240V system. Filling the H2 tanks takes about 3 minutes.

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Hemi who? Dodge’s new electric sportscar concept swaps petrol for plug-in power

Dodge, and its parent company Chrysler, have always been thoroughly old-school. Their performance cars are loud, brash, and almost always have a big, brutal party piece under the bonnet. It’s a recipe that has brought them successes like the Viper, 300C and their entire SRT division. What then, you might be asking, is this sprightly yellow Lotus doing with a Dodge badge and a motor that runs on electrons instead of octane?  For us, it’s the new eV concept sportscar. For Chrysler, it’s a whole new way of thinking.

Cylinders? What cylinders? - The Dodge eV Concept

As part of Chrysler’s ENVI program, the Dodge eV is the sportiest of the three electric-only models exhibited by the carmaker, along with plugin versions of their minivan and Jeep platforms, dubbed the Chrysler eV and Jeep eV respectively. It’s a brave step forward for the carmaker, who describes the vehicles as “near-production” and claims an all-electric Chrysler will be available for eco-minded buyers as early as 2010.

However, this announcement isn’t just for people interested in hypermiling and capacitors – this is a sports car, and it’s designed to perform like one. The electric powerplant pushes out 268 horsepower to the rear wheels and like all electric motors develops mind-boggling torque figures – try an instantaneous 480lb-ft on for size. Strap yourself into the two-seater and you’ll be able to wing yourself from a standstill to 60 MPH in under five seconds. For comparison, a Jaguar XF-S needs 8 cylinders and a supercharger to accomplish that same feat. Keeping practicality in mind, Chrysler claims a usable range of 150 to 200 miles on a single charge, far more than your average city commute.

Lithium Ion Battery Pack Provides 200 Mile Range

This tightly-wound Dodge is no slouch, and presents a first in automotive history; it’s the first time a major manufacturer has taken the plunge and committed to building an all-electric sports car. (Tesla, while a pioneer in the field, is still niche competitor at best.) Will Dodge’s efforts sway their gasoline-loving fans into buying one? Their commitment to production certainly seems to indicate they’re confident.

One last surprise lurks in the Dodge eV concept: the Lotus body is just a test mule for proving the electric powerplant. The final form of the car still remains a mystery; could we see the return of the Dodge Demon concept unveiled last year? Only time will tell.

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