Hyundai Elantra LPi hybrid official press release

By Hyundai-Blog

This is the official press release for the worlds first LPG powered hybrid car, the Elantra LPi hybrid!

Hyundai Motor Co. launched its first Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Elantra LPI Hybrid, in the Korean market at a press event attended by President Yang Woong-Chul, head of Hyundai-Kia Corporate Research & Development Division, and members of the Korean and international press.

“Listening to the voice of our customers, we’ve responded with the Elantra LPI Hybrid which offers fuel saving advantages and minimal harmful emissions. This car offers a strong message of reassurance to our customers and stakeholders that we are moving with “Hyundai speed” to achieve our goal of environmental leadership in our industry and redefining the Hyundai brand as a technological innovator,” President Yang said at the launching ceremony today, which was held at an arboretum outside of Seoul.

Elantra LPI Hybrid delivers a fuel economy rating of 17.8 km/l (41.9 mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km to qualify as a Super Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV). Because it is approximately half the price of gasoline in Korea, Liquid Petroleum Gas enjoys widespread popularity as a transportation fuel.

A conventional 1.6L Elantra equipped with an automatic-transmission would be able to travel a distance of 15 km using one litre of gasoline.  If the same expenditure of 1,654 won (US$1.30 per litre, today’s retail gas price) were spent on LPI fuel, the Elantra LPI Hybrid would be able to travel 39 km.

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The savings add up:  Over the course of a year, Elantra LPI Hybrid would result in about 1.35 million won (approximately US$1,100.) in fuel savings compared to a conventional Elantra assuming an annual average driving distance of 20,000 km.  This translates into the fastest payback period of any hybrid vehicle on the market today.

The fuel efficiency of Elantra LPI HEV is further improved with the engine ‘Auto-Stop’ function which automatically switches off the ignition at idle.  This feature only functions when the driver applies the brakes after running the car for more than two seconds at speeds of 9km/h or higher.  Under certain pre-defined conditions, however, such as when the battery charge drops below 30 percent or when the accelerator is engaged, then the engine ‘Auto-Stop’ feature will be defeated and the engine will continue running normally.

Powered by a 1.6 LPI Gamma engine with maximum power rated at 114 ps and a 15kW electric motor with maximum power rated at 20ps, the hybrid engine of Elantra LPI HEV puts out total 134 horsepower through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Acceleration from zero to 100km/h is clocked at 11.7 seconds, beating the Honda Civic Hybrid by about 2 seconds.

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The vehicle’s SuperVision gauge cluster is equipped with an “Eco Guide” tree icon which is designed to coach the driver into developing more economical driving habits.
An indicator lights up if the driver is operating the vehicle in an eco-friendly way guiding the driver to avoid sudden acceleration and braking.  If the driver is performing well, the tree icon will sprout small green leaves to reward good driving habits.

Elantra HEV’s CVT is equipped with a driver-selectable ‘E (Eco-Drive)’ gear that maximizes fuel efficiency by reducing sharp fluctuations in the torque, increasing the use of electric motor assist and electric charge regeneration when brakes are applied.

Available in three trim levels, Elantra LPI HEV will be priced at 20.5 million won (US$16,180) for the entry level HDe-I model and will top out at 23.2 million won (US$18,310) for the HDE-III model (prices include consumption tax exemption). Hyundai invested KW250.8 billion (US$198 million) over a 43 month-long development period on the Elantra LPI HEV.

Hyundai is targeting sales of 7,500 units in the Korean market this year, increasing that number to 15,000 units in 2010.  There are no immediate plans for exports of the Elantra LPI Hybrid but feasibility studies are currently underway in overseas markets where an excellent LPG refuelling infrastructure exists. [Source: Hyundai]

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15 Responses to Hyundai Elantra LPi hybrid official press release

  1. SoundGallery says:

    Bring on the next-gen Elantra already!

  2. J. says:

    You can fill the tank with LPG in a normal gas station?

  3. ConceptVBS says:

    No, there are special LPG stations in Korea.

  4. admin says:

    Well, any gas station can be equipped with LPG and you don’t need to build a special one.

  5. Smoke says:

    Put the Hybrid Engine you are tetsing in the C’eed and Soul in the Elantra. I wouldnt buy it becuase the Elantra is too big for my tastes, but man would they fly off the lots.

  6. Ben says:

    Hope to see this car available in Malaysia soon!

  7. John says:

    so whats new with hyundai i’ve been reading the same thing for the past week

  8. Alex S says:

    There’s a new Kia Forte Hybrid launched in Seoul on Wed July 15th. Powered by a combination of electric motor and 1.6-litre liquefied petroleum gas engine. LPG generates max 114 brake horsepower and the motor puts out 20 brake horsepower.

    Car is equipped w/continuous variable transmission. Apparently the same engine as the Avante hybrid. Lowest priced version to start from W20.54mn ($16K) with prices of other 2 at W22.33mn and W23.35mn – inline with pricing of Avante LPi hybrid..

    I’m not a fan of the smallish wheel/tire combos but the price you pay for efficiency..

  9. VUMIKO says:


    What’s new with Hyundai? Check out the link below for new pics of the facelifted Santa Fe (euro version):

  10. Laurie says:

    This is the car I’ve been waiting for!!! Please don’t hesitate: bring it to the USA right away! We need more affordable Hybrid alternatives desperately. And thank you for joining the fight for our environment and resources. I wish our domestic auto-makers were as progressive thinking!

  11. testy says:

    Australia is ready and waiting. Bring it on.

  12. FrugalOne says:

    We want this and the Kia Forte [Cerato] LPG/Hybrid in Australia too.
    We have more LPG than any other country in the world.
    What they waiting for, we need them NOW
    PS/ Agree with the other dude, we need it in hatchback/compact shape, sedan is to big for us.

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  14. bs says:

    does the lpg powered car work the same as plug-in hybrid electric car where the latter has plug-in outlet to be connected to mains electricity supply?

    i want to find where whether hyundai has a separate plug-in outlet to be connected to the mains electricity supply in addition to the lpg outlet?

  15. ziad says:

    I have avante hybrid 2010 but it is converted to gasolin fuel, I do not know about cvt transmission if it is available or any of new hyundai has the same feature if it is needed in future.

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