Suzuki have taken a new step and have released pictures and details of a hybrid EV concept of one of their best products the Swift. The Swift EV Hybrid is Suzuki’s vision of an ecocar that embodies advances on the Swift Range Extender.
This concept is powered by an additional battery that helps extend its overall range, a set-up similar to the Chevrolet Volt. While in motion, it is powered first by an electric motor and backed up by a small range-extending petrol engine.
On battery power alone, the car has a 30km operating range. The 2009 concept was based on the previous-generation Swift and featured a 658cc mill, offering 54bhp, working in tandem with a 74bhp electric motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries. Back then the series hybrid system offered around 20km of pure electric mode driving as compared to a 30km range for the 2011 concept. The 2011 concept should not differ much to the 2009 concept by a lot but minor enhancements can be expected.
The Swift EV hybrid looks similar to the conventional version but features visual tweaks such as LED headlamps and tail lamps, a covered grille and wheels, modified interior that is white and green in shade and also features two large digital screens. The 2011 Swift EV Hybrid concept will be showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Suzuki state that this is clearly ONLY A CONCEPT although there are reports that it may be available in showrooms by early 2013.
The Swift EV Hybrid is scheduled to be exhibited as the Swift Range Extender at motor shows in some countries. Well we can expect the car to only displayed at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.