Kia Motors will supply the Korean Ministry an additional 3,390 hybrid vehicles over the next two years, which includes the Kia Rio Hybrid shown in this post. This is part of an on-going “real-world” test program for Kia to develop hybrid vehicles for the future. The program currently already consists of 780 cars on the roads.
A recap from a previous post – under the hood of the Kia Rio Hybrid is a 90 PS, 126Nm 1.4 litre CVVT gasoline engine from the Alpha II family mated to a 12kW 95Nm AC synchronised electric motor. The Rio Hybrid’s combined torque of 221Nm is equivalent to a conventional modern 2.4 litre engine. If you’re wondering where the battery for the motor is located, a photo of it together with a severely compromised boot space is available after the jump.
Drive to the front wheels is via a CVT gearbox, and the electric motor is positioned between this and the engine flywheel. The gearbox “assists” the gasoline engine during starting, accelerating and hill-climbing. The car uses regenerative braking during deceleration to recharge its 144V Ni-MH battery pack. The powertrain also uses an engine start-stop function to further save fuel.
0-100km/h takes 12.2 seconds, top speed is 180km/h and the Kia Rio Hybrid returns a fuel consumption of 5.29 litres per 100km, while emissions of CO2 is 126g/km. Special lightweight components such as an aluminium bonnet, boot lid, front seat frames, lightweight road wheels, low friction tyres and electric power steering help reduce fuel consumption by cutting down weight by 220kg compared to a conventional Rio sedan.
More photos after the jump.
Kia Rio Hybrid introduced at Geneva 2007