Automakers to Showcase EVs at Int'l Expo in Jeju

      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.

      Clockwise from top left, Hyundai Ioniq, Renault Samsung Twizy, Nissan Leaf and GM Chevrolet Volt

      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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