Waiting For Hybrid Hyundai Cars

Continued from~Hyundai Hybrid

The Kia Rio Hybrid is anticipated to come out in late 2007 in Korea. The date for United Stares exhibition is still undisclosed. To compete against Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, Ford’s Toyota-like technology, Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist, and General Motor’s two-mode hybrid technology, the South Korean manufacturer is creating their own design for their Hyundai hybrids.

According to former Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong Koo, the next-generation growth engines are the hybrids. He said that Hyundai is thinking about shifting the R&D attention from fuel cells to hybrids.

The South Korean car manufacturer could have had tackled a competition with Honda in the blossoming “economy hybrid” industry. If Hyundai pushed through with their Hyundai hybrids, the Accent would have faced off against a hybrid subcompact, Honda's Fit hybrid. The Hyundai Accent was anticipated to produce 98 horsepower, while Honda Fit is said to be going for 109 horsepower.

Both Toyota and Hyundai hybrid cars were projected to retail around $15,000 range. Moreover, based on existing rumors, the Honda Fit has the capacity to approach 60 MPG, while the Accent, around 45 mpg.

The Accent Hybrid is said to increase 44 percent in fuel-efficiency and has an expected 44.5 MPG in combined city and highway miles. The electric engine of the Accent will be utilized to support the gasoline motor when there is a need for more power, sustain regenerative braking, and manage stop/idle functionality. Panasonic EV Energy Company manufactures Accent’s 6.5 Ah/144 NiMH battery pack.

Sidebar: Next article on Nissan hybrid cars.

The outstanding news about the Hyundai Accent Hybrid is that it will be sold for well under $20,000 and most likely under $15,000. This will make Hyundai Accent hybrid the most cost-efficient hybrid car in the market today.

A Change of Plans

Hyundai had been examining one objective after the other in its progression in the United States hybrid market. The Korean government had been supportive of the hybrid technology. The government shelled out hundreds of million dollars for the next five years to aid the development of hybrid technology fuel cell cars, and other advanced vehicle systems. The Korean government is working on offering domestic hybrid benefit packages like subsidies, tax breaks, and bus-lane-usage aimed for 2010. With these developments, the halted production of the hybrid Hyundai may resume soon, for good.