Hyundai working on a new electric city car; unveil in 2023

While the electric powertrain is capable of offering a peak output of 181 BHP, Hyundai is expected to dial it back to around 100 BHP for the electric city car.

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) is said to be working on introducing a new pure-electric city car in the next couple of years. According to a media report, BorgWarner – the electric powertrain partner for HMG has confirmed the development.

Reports suggest that the partnership between HMG and BorgWarner will result in an all-new pure-electric city car that could be launched under any of HMG’s brands (Hyundai, Kia, Ioniq). However, the electric city car is most likely to receive either a Hyundai or Kia badging.

As per reports, the new pure-electric city car will enter production by mid-2023. It will come with a new integrated electric drive module from BorgWarner. This new module is said to combine the motor and gearbox into one bolt-in unit, saving both space and weight compared to a conventional electric drivetrain system.

While the electric powertrain is capable of offering a peak output of 181 BHP, Hyundai is expected to dial it back to around 100 BHP for the electric city car. Reports also suggest that the new electric city car could come with a 40 kWh battery pack, offering roughly around 200 miles (320 km) on a single charge. It is also said to use the same 400V architecture as the Kona electric, which could allow it to use a 50 kW DC fast-charger.

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