Ssangyong shows KEV2 electric vehicle concept
By Gizmag Team
April 17, 2011
Unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show, Ssangyong's KEV2 is an all-electric concept car based on the company's latest diesel engine Korando SUV. For the KEV2, the conventional drivetrain has been replaced by a 120 kW electric motor and 35kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which Ssangyong says will take the car to a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h) and deliver a maximum range of just over 110 miles (180 km).
The KEV2 concept retains the overall shape of the Korando, but the front grille is gone and the standard headlights replaced by a sharper LED design. Side vents and alloy wheels have been also been added and inside there's a tablet PC mounted in the center console (though no official pics of the interior have yet been released).
Ssangyong quotes a charging time of around eight to ten hours via a conventional electricity supply with a higher-voltage rapid charge option reducing this to "as little as 30 minutes."
The Korean automaker recently emerged from court-protected bankruptcy (after India's Mahindra & Mahindra took a majority stake in the company) and hopes that the KEV2 will signal that its "plans for an electric vehicle range are back on track."