Ssangyong Motors Unveils Korando C EV-R Extended-Range Electric Vehicle

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

Korando C EV-R

Korando C EV-R

Meet Ssangyong Motors version of the what the Chevy Volt might be if it were somehow transformed into a Korean-built crossover/SUV.

Korando C Rump

Korando C Rump

Okay, so it’s not an SUV-ish version of the Chevy Volt.  In fact, it’s not even close, but it is an extended-range electric vehicle and its powertrain is in the same ballpark as the Volt, so that’s where the comparison comes in.

Called the Korando C EV-R, the South Korean-built, range-extended SUV features a 100-kW electric motor, a 16-kWH lithium-polymer battery pack and a 37 kW gas generator.  Total driving range is listed at around 310 miles and its top speed is claimed to be 93 mph.  Electric-only range is not yet listed, but we know it’ll be well below the Volt’s 38 miles for Model Year 2013 or 41 miles (?) for Model Year 2014.

Ssangyong Motors says that the extended-range Korando (or some other EREV with a Ssangyong badge) will be mass-produced beginning in 2016.  If Ssangyong can actually do an EREV SUV, then why won’t GM?

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4 responses to "Ssangyong Motors Unveils Korando C EV-R Extended-Range Electric Vehicle"

  1. David Murray says:

    “If Ssangyong can actually do an EREV SUV, then why won’t GM?”

    I believe GM can do something like this, and most likely will at some point. However, it would probably sell “too well.” It has been obvious for a while that GM has been holding the Volt back from selling too many. Whether it is because the profit margin isn’t there, or they don’t know if they want to stand behind hundreds of thousands of battery warranties, or just political reasons, who knows.

  2. Fishhawk says:

    “If Ssangyong can actually do an EREV SUV, then why won’t GM?”

    Why does this SUV look like a Saturn Vue/Chevy Captiva? Or is it just me?

  3. Gary H says:

    “If Ssangyong can actually do an EREV SUV, then why won’t GM?”

    I’m all for giving them *some* benefit of doubt, but wouldn’t it be prudent to reserve ultimate judgement until they actually ship one? 2016 is a long ways off, and just as with any car company that talks about releasing a product (but maybe hasn’t done so yet), that date can slip quite easily, can’t it?

    Also, just to help me understand the competition…would this be the first PHEV SUV of this size? Is it RAV-4 size? How does this compare to Outlander and i5? Kangoo? Anything else?