Ssangyong has reiterated its future strategy for electric vehicles by unveiling the Ssangyong KEV2 Concept electric vehicle at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show.
The Ssangyong KEV2 is a pure electric SUV based on the recently launched Korando, combining Ssangyong’s specialized SUV design DNA, and the future identity of electric SUVs.
The Ssangyong KEV2 concept has a more aggressive appearance than the Korando with the conventional grille and adding LED headlights, stylish alloy wheels and side-vents.
Power for the Ssangyong KEV2 comes from a 120kW electric motor, which provides a maximum driving range of 180km (112 miles) from the 35kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a top speed of 150km/h (93.2 miles per hour). KEV2 tips the scales at 1750kg overall weight.
Recharging time can be as little as 30 minutes using a higher-voltage rapid-charge outlet or around eight to ten hours via a conventional electricity supply.
The battery packs have been fitted into the lower part of the trunk space providing efficient interior space utilization for better usability and comfort.
Ssangyong KEV2 follows closely behind the extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) showed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
EREV has seating for five and is slightly smaller than Korando and weighing in at just 1300kg. It is part of Ssangyong’s dual EV strategy and uses an IC-EV plug-in hybrid configuration combining an 80kW electric motor with a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a conventional ‘back-up’ engine to extend its range.
It would have the same 150km/h maximum speed, but the batteries could be recharged in 15 minutes on quick-charge or around five hours using a conventional outlet providing a 60km range on electric power alone or 400km using the engine as well.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]