Kia Motors yesterday unveiled its “Ray” plug-in Hybrid concept at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, showcasing a futuristic four-seat compact saloon based on the Kia Forte platform.
Designed with lightweight and recycled materials, as well as hexagonal solar cells embedded in the glass roof panel to power extra lighting or climate control systems, the Kia “Ray” boasts a range of up to 746 miles.
“It is important to imagine early in the design process what people will want in the future from a green perspective. People want to reduce their carbon footprint without driving carbon copies,” said Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer for the Kia Motors Corporation.
The “Ray” also features touch-screen controls, drive-by-wire steering, “cool-glazing” solar glass and a lithium-polymer battery – all possible indicators of future technology from Kia. As a plug-in hybrid, “Ray” is designed to cover driving distances of more than 50 miles using just its electric motor on a single charge, and has a fuel economy rating of more than 202 miles per gallon for a total range of 746 miles.
Power comes from an all-aluminum 153-horsepower Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 1.4-liter engine mated to a CVT transmission, used in combination with a 78kw electric motor.
Power is sent to the front wheels from the petrol engine, the electric motor, or both together.
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