March 16, 2016 09:51
Carmakers will showcase their new electric vehicles at an international expo in Jeju that opens on Friday. A total of 146 automotive companies and part makers will participate.
Hyundai will unveil the Ioniq, its first fully-dedicated eco-friendly car. The model premiered at the International Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland last month.
Hyundai will start taking pre-orders for the EV from Friday. The price tag is a little steep at over W40 million, but with tax incentives and other benefits it can be purchased for as cheap as W20 million (US$1=W1,192).
The Ioniq can run for over 180 km on a single charge, long enough for everyday use, the carmaker said.
Renault Samsung will showcase three models -- the SM3 ZE, currently on the market; the Spark-Renault SRT 01E, which competed in the FIA Formula One Championship; and the Twizy, an urban compact two-seater. The Twizy is popular in Europe, with over 17,000 units sold.
GM Korea will unveil the Chevrolet Volt that will hit markets here this year. The plug-in hybrid EV can run for up to 80 km on a single charge. Other EVs to be displayed include the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling EV, the Kia Soul EV and the BMW i3.
The show will end on March 24.
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