Seoul, South Korea – Hyundai has unveiled its first full-speed electric vehicle in Korea, able to reach a maximum speed of 130 km/h and travel 140 kilometres on a single charge.

Named “BlueOn,” the vehicle opens a new era in eco-friendly technology, the company said.

“We are proud to introduce the world to BlueOn, which was fully developed in Korea and displays Hyundai’s latest technological advancements,” said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, vice-chairman at Hyundai’s Corporate R&D Center. “Consumers’ interests and demand for eco-friendly cars are rising, and securing such advanced technology is critical in becoming an industry leader.”

Hyundai is planning to provide 30 BlueOn vehicles as test fleets to various government organizations in Korea by October, which will be mainly used to help develop and charging infrastructures for about two years. The BlueOn uses LiPoly batteries, which deliver the same power as nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries with 30 per cent less weight and 40 per cent less volume. The vehicle accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 13.1 seconds, better than some gasoline models in the same class, the company said.

On normal household power, the battery can be fully recharged within six hours, but with a quick charge method, the battery can be recharged to about 80 per cent of its capacity within 25 minutes.

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