It may sound funny, but one of the finest concept cars at the 2012 Paris Motor Show was this, the SsangYong e-XIV by the not so well known Korean car maker.
SsangYong displayed its XIV 1 B segment CUV (crossover utility vehicle) concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, and the XIV 2 Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. Now it is integrating its eco-friendly EV technology seen in its two pure EV concepts. This one’s ana electric-powered car, with its advantages and drawbacks.
A distinguishing feature of the SsangYong e-XIV is its glass roof. This includes an integrated 12 solar cell panel for generating solar power to operate the car’s auxiliary systems, while also providing greater light, enhanced spatial comfort to the cabin and improved visibility. It’s a very good concept, but we have to see about the production version.
SsangYong press release:
SsangYong’s visual approach of ‘Robust Aesthetics’ manifests itself in the XIV concept series through the key design elements of ‘Inner Dynamic’ & ‘Subtle Tension’ to communicate that inner strength is built on detail and emotional tension.
With its rich side body volume and simple, modern lights, SsangYong e-XIV looks dynamic and progressive, presenting a contemporary look to appeal to younger drivers.
Functional features of the e-XIV are finished in a simple, sleek style, while the high-tech solar cell panel applied to the glass roof maximises the emotional connection of driving in the open while enjoying the thought that ‘free’ solar power is being harvested.
In addition, the tyres developed exclusively for the driving efficiency of an EV, afford both comfort and safety thanks to the tyre tread design which improves grip while reducing friction.
Inside there is a four-bucket-seat configuration to provide comfort and privacy for each passenger. Each seat can be positioned to create a variety of seating combinations and a choice in space utilisation.
The interior structure evokes the sporty style of a crossover, and blends a mix of styling cues and materials including carbon fibre. The instrument cluster communicates with the driver using dynamic graphics, and enables active communication between car and driver by displaying necessary information on the centre facia in real time.
The SsangYong e-XIV also combines the ‘Auto User Interface’ concept of XIV1 and XIV2 to offer a new direction for the car as a moving communication space by combining the latest IT developments for both automotive and personal smart devices.
Solar-powered smart interactive system
The SsangYong e-XIV’s glass roof solar panel converts solar energy to electric power and operates interior equipment such as the air conditioning, audio system and internal lighting. Drivers can also select their preferred method of driving by activating the car’s VCU (Vehicle Control Unit) via a smart phone or a remote control.
Range extender electric vehicle
The SsangYong e-XIV uses an 80-kW Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), giving a range of 80km by taking power from the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. Four hours are required for charging a fully discharged battery, and 20 minutes for quick recharging.
The car also features a range extending system comprising a two-cylinder 1,000cc petrol engine and a 20-kW generator. Once the 80km distance has been achieved, the petrol engine supplies additional power via the generator to extend the range up to 600km, emitting just 45g/km of CO2.
Keen to position itself as a responsible, environmentally aware global company, SsangYong Motor Company is striving to place itself at the forefront of eco-friendly vehicle design and manufacture. This will be achieved through the constant improvement of its high-efficiency internal combustion engines and the development of pure electric vehicles such as the KEV, and e-XIV range extender concept.
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