SOUTH Korean manufacturer SsangYong has announced its dual approach to electric vehicles at Geneva this week.
The Pure EV and the IC-EV (Internal Combustion engine combined) hybrid electric vehicle will make up the company’s two-pronged attack on the electric market.
The firm cites ‘meeting the increasing demand to produce more environmentally friendly vehicles while also recognizing the significance of EV as an alternative to internal combustion engine powered vehicles’, as the reasons behind the announcement.
SsangYong’s Pure EV electric driving system features an efficient motor and high voltage-lithium battery pack designed to offer a maximum speed of 93mph and a driving rage of 111 miles. This approach will first be seen on the brand’s new crossover model, Korando.
The IC-EV system will enable short distance driving of up to 37 miles under battery power only, with longer distance driving undertaken using the back-up internal combustion engine. This will be available on the SsangYong EREV (Extended Range EV). Slightly smaller than the Korando, it will also seat seat passengers and have a maximum speed of 93mph.
By introducing its electric driving system alongside the new advanced technology clean petrol and diesel engines at Geneva, SsangYong will be able to considerably decrease CO2 emissions.