Building on its previously seen XIV and KEV design concepts, SsangYong is showcasing its latest evolution, the e-XIV (electric – eXciting user Interface Vehicle) ‘range extender’ EV concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
SsangYong displayed its XIV 1 B segment CUV (crossover utility vehicle) concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, and the XIV 2 Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012.
Now it is integrating its eco-friendly EV technology seen in its two pure EV concepts – the KEV1 and KEV2, and equipping the e-XIV with a small 1 litre petrol engine to give the car real range extender capability for longer journeys.
A distinguishing feature of the e-XIV is its glass roof. This includes an integrated 12 solar cell panel for generating solar power to operate the car’s auxiliary systems, while also providing greater light, enhanced spatial comfort to the cabin and improved visibility.
e-XIV is based on the XIV 2 CUV Coupe. It is a dynamic EV concept model with the emphasis on efficient energy use through its range extender system.
The e-XIV uses an 80-kW Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), giving a range of 80km by taking power from the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. Four hours are required for charging a fully discharged battery, and 20 minutes for quick recharging.
The e-XIV also features a range extending system comprising a two-cylinder 1,000cc petrol engine and a 20-kW generator. Once the 80km (50 miles) distance has been achieved, the petrol engine supplies additional power via the generator to extend the range up to 600km (373), emitting just 45g/km of CO2.
The e-XIV’s glass roof solar panel converts solar energy to electric power and operates interior equipment such as the air conditioning, audio system and internal lighting. Drivers can also select their preferred method of driving by activating the car’s VCU (Vehicle Control Unit) via a smart phone or a remote control.
The styling of e-XIV as an environmentally-friendly vehicle running on electricity and supplemented by alternative energy, has been built using SsangYong’s design language to create future products that embrace its development philosophy of ‘Robust, Specialty, Premium.’
e-XIV pursues crossover design through the combination of the SUV styling of a sports coupe that is suitable both for active driving in the country and short distance motoring around the city.