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Interest in small electric cars with prices not exceeding 25,000 euros is set to be particularly high for all the obvious reasons, and car manufacturers are already scrambling to have a representative in this price range for Europe.
From what it looks like for Hyundai, this will be the Casper, a small crossover that is already available in – their – local market and which they plan to export to Europe with some major changes.
In its currently known version, the only 3.6-meter-long Casper is available exclusively with thermal engines, specifically a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with an output of 67 to 100 hp, while it is based on the same architecture as our well-known Hyundai i10.
The recipe that the Koreans will follow for Europe, however, is expected to include the pure electric drive that will come from the recently new KIA Ray, a correspondingly sized MPV which was notably the first electric car that KIA added to its range in 2011 .
In its current version, which was presented last August, it benefits from an electric motor with an output of 86 hp and a 35.2 kWh battery which guarantees a range of 205 km and the possibility of recharging it with a power of up to 150 kW. It should be noted that in South Korea the small MPV costs less than 20,000 euros based on the euro-won exchange rate.
And this is exactly the set that hides on its invisible side the specific test prototype and absolutely recognizable as Casper, which was seen in development tests on European soil. In terms of timing, although Hyundai has not officially announced anything, the new small electric Hyundai is expected to make its debut in the second half of 2024.