Hyundai says that due to the new battery, the 2013 Sonata Hybrid will be able to operate in all-electric mode a higher percentage of its driving time. Driving in all-electric mode more of the time will ultimately lead to fuel economy improvement, also partially due to a larger capacity Hybrid Starter Generator, a more powerful electric motor, and a revised operating strategy. Here are the improvements over the current 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
• The Hybrid Starter Generator was improved from 8.5 kW to 10.5 kW.
• The electric motor has increased its output from 30 kW to 35 kW.
• The Battery has improved output from 34 kW to 47 kW.
• The estimated fuel economy in the city is improved from 34 to 36 mpg, and on the highway from 39 to 40 mpg, and the combined estimate is now 38, up from 36.
• That’s a 6% gain in the city, a 3% gain on the highway, and 6% combined improvement.
The Sonata also comes with a lifetime warranty on the battery, a huge benefit since replacement batteries are a major expense. The new Sonata Hybrid can hit 75 mph using only electric power. It also gets different exterior styling than the gas powered Sonata which reduces its coefficient of drag to an incredible 0.24, one of the lowest figures ever seen on a production car.
To find out more about the new 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid contact Shaffer Hyundai, a full-service dealership specializing in new Hyundai vehicles, high-quality pre-owned cars, and auto repair. The dealership is located at 1000 West US Highway 30/81st Avenue in Merrillville, Indiana.