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Friday, May 22, 2015

Korean Firm to Launch EV sports car with 570 km range in 2016

Power Plaza Co Ltd, a South Korea-based firm, showed an electric vehicle (EV) concept that can travel 571km (approx 354.8 miles) at a speed of 60km/h (approx 37.3 mph) per charge.

The EV, "Yebbujana R," was exhibited at the 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (EVS 28), an international symposium/trade show on EVs, which took place from May 3 to 6, 2015. The company plans to release the EV at the end of 2016 in South Korea at a price of US$40,000.

The EV uses cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells called "18650." The total capacity of the cells is 54kWh. A carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) was applied to the body of the EV to reduce weight, realizing a drive range longer than 500km. The mass of the body is 745kg. According to Power Plaza, the auto body consists of an underpiece, hood, doors, rear, etc, and all of them are made of CFRP.

As a driving motor, an 80kW motor manufactured by Robert Bosch GmbH was employed. The maximum speed of the EV is 198km/h, and it takes 4.6 seconds to reach a speed of 100km/h from zero.

Established in 1991, Power Plaza has been dealing with switching power modules and developing EVs under its own brand. Thus far, it has developed six kinds of EVs (1t and 0.5t pickup trucks and four passenger cars) and launched them into the market. So, the Yebbujana R is the company's seventh EV.

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