Extended-range electric Tivoli gets Geneva motor show debut but remains a concept for now

Ssangyong has revealed an extended-range electric version of its new Tivoli SUV, an intended rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, at the Geneva motor show.

The Tivoli EVR concept is powered by a 127bhp electric motor. It also features a single-cylinder petrol range extender that is used to recharge the battery.

The Korean manufacturer says the Tivoli EVR has an electric range of up to 80 miles, which can be extended to 310 miles with the help of the engine. The concept has a top speed of 93mph and emits just 40g/km of CO2.

Although Ssangyong says the EVR is merely a concept, its creation has raised hopes that an electric or hybrid Tivoli might go on sale before long. The original Ssangyong XLV concept, which was revealed in Geneva last year and closely previewed the Tivoli, featured a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain.

The regular Tivoli will come with a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engine when it goes on sale in May. In its greenest form, the Tivoli emits 109g/km of CO2.

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9 March 2015
Surely this car could complete the EU fuel consumption test on its battery alone, so its CO2 rating would be zero?
Either way, I like the idea of an electric car with a small range extender engine for the occasional long trip. Shame that no manufacturer (except BMW?) has the bottle to put one into production.

9 March 2015
Fisker (RIP last I heard) and GM (Still do in the USA) have done. GM had a big headstart on BMW so it's a shame they haven't followed it up, yet.
p.s. TaTa have a prototype

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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