Hyundai has huge plans when it comes to electric vehicles following the launch of its new Ioniq sub-brand and its three upcoming models. But for their latest EV, the South Korean automaker has decided to go small. The automaker says this is the smallest Hyundai EV yet (and probably will be).
If it isn’t obvious yet, the EV seen here is a toy. The design, however, is based on the retro-looking 45 EV concept, which debuted last year. Hyundai’s designers tried to keep the look of the children’s vehicle as faithful to the regular-sized model – from the functional kinetic cube lamp design together with its very angular shape and profile. It also has no roof, so you can imagine what the 1:1 scale EV would look like as a convertible. In keeping with the concept’s design, the entire toy is also made out of traditional eco-material – wood.
Hyundai says, “only the bravest souls” will be driving this EV. Powering it are two DC motors that give it a top speed of 7 km/h. Most adults would find this very slow. However, young kids would already find that speed blisteringly fast. We wouldn’t be surprised if some adults do take it out for a spin.
Given that Hyundai’s smallest EV is a toy, there is no officially rated driving range. Interestingly, the automaker says that the driver’s laughter is “believed to fuel the vehicle to travel further based on its Emotion Adaptive Vehicle Control (EAVC) technology”.
No other details have been released as to when Hyundai’s small EV will go on sale or how much it will cost. But hopefully, it makes it in time for Christmas. With other automakers such as McLaren and Aston Martin also selling toy versions of their popular vehicle, the question now is which one will you get your kids? Or, better yet, why not get them all?