Written by Thembani Magazi – August 26, 2021
Reviewed by Kfir Kedem
BorgWarner, the electric powertrain partner of the Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has confirmed that the South Korean carmaker plans to roll out a new electric car in the next two years. It will be launching a pure-electric city car that is scheduled to go into production mid-way through 2023. Hyundai Motor Group has signed a deal with BorgWarner that suggests that the upcoming battery-powered vehicle could be launched under any of the group's brands. But the electric car is most likely to land only under Hyundai or Kia branding.
BorgWarner has also reportedly agreed to supply a new integrated electric drive module for the upcoming vehicle that combines the motor and gearbox into one bolt-in unit. This new setup claims to save space and also weigh less than a conventional electric drivetrain.
Hyundai's upcoming electric vehicle will be pitted as a city car that is most likely to span between 3.5 and 3.7 metres in length. Its electric powertrain will be responsible for a peak output of 135kW (181bhp). The electric powertrain setup offered by BorgWarner will also feature a modular inverter that will dial-back the motor’s output to a100bhp, making its performance similar to a more humble petrol-powered Hyundai i10 car.
The car will employ the same 400v architecture as the existing Hyundai Kona electric car. When using a 50kW DC rapid charger, it is likely to deliver around 160 km of range in half an hour of charging. Its battery pack will be smaller than the Kona EV. It will likely be around 40kWh with a maximum range of around 350 km in a single charge cycle.
Auto Trendy's take
It will be interesting to see if Hyundai Motor Group can top the success of the Kona EV - a model which is proving to be a high-level competitor on the electric vehicle market. Another key point of interest is how the car will be branded. Will it take the form of another Hyundai model or will another one of HMG's brands win the design? So much is unanswered as of right now but as soon as more information about this new pure electric vehicle becomes available, we at Auto Trendy will share these developments with you.