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We round up seven cars, which highlight this year's Thailand International Motor Expo's vision of cleaner and more sustainable motoring.

05 Dec 2017

Back for its 34th edition, the Thailand International Motor Expo 2017 brings to Bangkok a vision of 'New age vehicles… a distant dream come true'. As this underlying concept hints, this year's expo celebrates carmakers' dreams turned production-ready in areas such as improved fuel economy and sustainable motoring, for example.

Having taken a tour around the 12-day auto show, which expects 1.5 million visitors, we round up seven electrified cars that represent this future, and Organising Chairman Kwanchai Paphatphong's strong beliefs of the Thailand International Motor Expo playing a crucial role in developing a cleaner and more sustainable automotive industry.

BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid 330e iPerformance

With its plug-in hybrid drive system, the latest BMW 330e combines the dynamic flair for which BMW is renowned with the option of driving on electric power alone. The electric motor, developing 65kW/88bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm, and the power electronics are derived from BMW eDrive technology featured as standard in the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery with a gross capacity of 7.6kWh.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

First shown to the public at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers pure e-mobility through a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, with an estimated range of over 250km. The car has an instantly available maximum torque of 295Nm delivered by its electric motor. While the Ioniq Hybrid is readily available in Singapore, it is still unknown if the fully electric variant is coming at this point in time.

Kia Soul EV

The cutesy-looking Soul EV is an all-electric subcompact crossover manufactured by Kia Motors. Deliveries of the Soul hatchback-based car first began in South Korea in May 2014. It's powered by a 27kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and its electric motor produces 109bhp and 285Nm of torque, allowing the cartoonish, high-roofed five-seater to go from 0-100km/h in an acclaimed 10.8 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350e Plug-in Hybrid

Do not mistake this Merc for a regular C-Class. It has a combined whooping power of 275bhp and a mountain-moving torque of 600Nm, thanks to the 2.0-litre four-pot powerplant and the 60kW electric motor. Thus, it will smash the century sprint in just 5.8 seconds. To put it its speed into a clearer perspective, the sizzling Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch will complete the same distance in only 6.4 seconds.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

This concept was first unveiled to the world at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. As a large and luxurious plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle, the GT-PHEV Concept is powered by three electric motors and an engine, with Super All Wheel Control integrated vehicle dynamics control system. Its electric range is only 120km, which when running in Combined Mode, increases to 1200km.

Nissan Leaf

The new Nissan Leaf comes with Nissan Intelligent Mobility in three main areas: Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration. The car is powered by battery that has a maximum output of 150bhp and 320Nm of torque. The fully-charged lithium-ion battery is capable of a range of 400km and in quick-charging mode, the battery can recharge 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes.

Rayttle E28

The Rayttle E28 that you see here is a Chinese two-seater Electric Vehicle (EV) that's made for the city. Looking similar to the Renault Twizy, the EV was launched in the Chinese electric car market in September 2014. The E28 is available with various electric drivetrains. The top-spec configuration is a 7.5kW electric motor mated to a lithium-ion battery. Range is claimed to be 130km, with a top speed of 80km/h.
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