Friday, September 10, 2010

Who built the electric car?

Hyundai. Yes, Hyundai*.

If I were living in the capital (or any South Korean metropolitan area) and basically only needed a car for tooling around Seoul streets with an occasional jaunt into Kyŏnggi-do Province or Inch'ŏn, I'd totally get one of these:
Hyundai Motor Thursday unveiled South Korea's first full-speed electric car, designed to tap into the increasingly competitive electric auto market, hailed as the industry's future.

The country's largest car maker introduced BlueOn, its first full-speed electric vehicle, with President Lee Myung-Bak test-driving the car during an unveiling ceremony at the presidential Blue House.

The new vehicle has a maximum speed of 130 kilometres (81 miles) per hour and can travel 140 kilometres on a single charge, Hyundai Motor said in a statement.

A Virtual Engine Sound System increases the vehicles' noise for the safety of pedestrians -- as is the case with some Japanese rivals.
I could use one of these in Hawaii as well, although this joint Korea-Hawaii offering (to be blogged later) also presents a very appealing option.

*Yes, I know that Hyundai didn't build the electric car, as in the first one or the only one, but it is helping save it and I needed the definite article for symmetry with the title of the film, Who Killed the Electric Car?

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