SsangYong Motor Showcases 'KEV2' Electric Concept

Apr 4, 2011
Naoshige Shimizu, Nikkei Automotive Technology
The KEV2
The KEV2
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The New Chairman H
The New Chairman H
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SsangYong Motor Company exhibited the "KEV2" electric compact SUV concept at Seoul Motor Show 2011, which opens for the public from April 1 to 10, 2011, in Seoul, South Korea.

Though its release date has not been decided yet, SsangYong plans to launch the electric vehicle (EV) in three or four years. The drive system of the EV is almost the same as that of the "Korando C EV," which the company announced at the Busan International Motor Show in 2010.

The KEV2 has a lithium (Li) polymer rechargeable battery under its trunk. The capacity and voltage of the battery are 35kWh and 350V, respectively. The battery cell seems to be manufactured by LG Chem Ltd.

The drive range of the KEV2 is 180km per charge. There is a self-manufactured motor with a maximum output of about 120kW in the front part of the vehicle. Its maximum speed is 150km/h. Its dimensions and wheel base are 4,410 (L) x 1,860 (W) x 1,690mm (H) and 2,650mm, respectively.

India-based Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd owns 70% of SsangYong's share capital. And SsangYong developed the KEV2 in collaboration with Mahindra & Mahindra.

In addition to the KEV2, SsangYong announced the "New Chairman H" gasoline-powered luxury sedan. It was developed to express luxury with a classic appearance, the company said. The vehicle is scheduled to be released in May 2011 in South Korea.

The New Chairman H is equipped with a straight-six gasoline engine and comes in two models: the "600S" with a displacement of 3.2L and the "500S" with a displacement of 2.8L. Their dimensions and wheel base are 5,050 (L) x 1,825 (W) x 1,465mm (H) and 2,895mm.

The suspension structure of their front wheels is a strut type, and that of their rear wheels is a multi-link type. The weights of the 600S and 500S are 1,735kg and 1,730kg, respectively.