Hyundai Enters Hybrid Game with Elantra LPI Hybrid
Hyundai launched the Hyundai Elantra LPI–its first hybrid car–yesterday in its domestic market of South Korea.
Much like Kia’s Forte LPI, Hyundai’s hybrid makes use of lithium-ion polymer batteries, and fuels its combustion engine on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
According to Hyundai, the Elantra LPI can travel 17.8 kilometers (11 miles) on one liter of LPG, or 35.8 kilometers (22 miles) for the price of one liter of gasoline in South Korea.
Hyundai added that the Elantra LPI emits 99 grams of carbon dioxide per mile driven, which, coincidently, would qualify as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle in California. We’re betting the ability to attain a SULEV rating lies with the fact that burning LPG is typically cleaner than burning gasoline.
The Elantra LPI will start between $16,000 and $18,000 when it goes on sale in South Korea. Hyundai hopes to sell around 7500 hybrids this year and double that figure next year. There are also no immediate plans to export the vehicle.
Although the company’s first hybrid is domestic market only, Hyundai is set to launch its first gasoline-electric hybrid, a version of the Sonata, in the States in late 2010. Currently, Honda and Toyota are trying to push gasoline-electric hybrids into the mainstream with low-priced Insight and Prius models.