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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hyundai Avante LPG Hybrid now accepting pre-orders

Hyundai Motor Co has announced they will accept pre-launch orders for their first hybrid electric vehicle from today. The price of the car will be disclosed before its Korean launch on July 8.

Based on the Avante 4 door sedan, the car is powered by a 1.6-liter 4 cyl engine that runs on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with a 15kW/105Nm electric motor mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and powered by lithium polymer batteries.

The car has been specifically designed to run on LPG, which is a waste by-product from refining petroleum, and is often sold alongside petrol at a much reduced price. LPG has a lower energy density than either petrol or diesel, so the equivalent fuel consumption is higher. This needs to be take this into consideration when comparing LPG mpg to gasoline mpg figures.

Hyundai say the LPI hybrid covers 17.8 kilometers per liter of LPG, which according to the company is equivalent to 22.2 kilometers per liter in a gasoline-powered vehicle. That's 42 mpg (U.S.), equivalent to 52 mpg (U.S.) in a gasoline-powered vehicle.

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