The updated version of the Ssangyong Korando C ER-V (Electric Range extender Vehicle) has been showcased at the ENVEX 2014, an annual international exhibition on Environmental technology and Green Energy, held in Incheon, South Korea. The compact SUV made its debut at last year's ENVEX and now has resurfaced with updates to the powertrain.
The hybrid SUV which is a part of a national green vehicle project under South Korea's Ministry of Environment is jointly developed by Ssangyong, Korea Institute of Energy Research and Korea Automotive Technology Institute.
The 2014 Korando C EV-R is powered by the same 100 KW (134 hp) electric motor that powered the 2013 version but this year's exhibit gets a 34 KWh 420V Lithium polymer battery pack compared to the original concept's 16 KWh 420 V unit. Both the models have a claimed top speed of 150 kmph and a pure electric range of 150 km on a full charge.
Another difference comes from the IC engine which acts as a range extender. The petrol engine which was capable of generating 37 KW (49.6 hp) of electric power has been replaced by a less powerful version which generates 10 KW (13.4 hp), perhaps in the interest of lower carbon emission. As a result the claimed maximum range has dropped from around 500 km to 300 km but the CO2 emission stands at an impressively low 45 g/km in the 2014 car.
Ssangyong doesn't have immediate plans to put the Korando C ER-V in production. If India's National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP) takes flight, the Ssangyong Korando C ER-V has a good launch pad.