Hyundai Electric Line-Up Receives an Addition

While the European car industry is in quarantine, the Chinese continue to surprise by assembling Hyundai’s new electric car.

This time, China-based Beijing Hyundai has shared excellent news. The new vehicle in production is the Hyundai Lafesta, which debuted in the fall of 2019.

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An electric motor with a power output of 184 hp and 310 Nm is installed on the front axle of the Lafesta. Rechargeable Li-ion units were placed both underbody and in the trunk. Due to this innovation, it was necessary to make some changes to the design, for example, to replace the rear multi-link independent suspension.

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The battery capacity is currently small — 56.5 kWh. But this is still more than that of the sibling model — the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (38.3 kWh). It will take about 10 hours to fully charge the battery at home. The declared drive range is 490 km (NEDC).

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The electric version of the sedan is longer and 218 kg heavier than the standard one. Its weight is 1603 kg. A top speed is declared to be at 165 km/h. The interior also features something new, e.g. a new virtual instrument cluster and a push-button transmission control panel instead of the conventional gear lever.

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The new electric Lafesta will cost at least $25,000 in China. Depending on the equipment, its price tag can reach $28,000. There are no plans to sell the Hyundai Lafesta EV outside of China.

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