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Spied: EV Variant of Hyundai Prius-Fighter Spills its All-Electric Guts

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/26/2015 Alex Nishimoto

We've known that Hyundai is preparing a dedicated hybrid model for some time now, but what we didn't know is that there's also a battery-electric EV variant in the works. These latest spy shots show that the Korean automaker is diving deep into electrification with its upcoming models.

Spied: EV Variant of Hyundai Prius-Fighter Spills its All-Electric Guts

The Prius-fighter doesn't don the form-fitting camo we last saw it in, opting instead for the heavy fabric covering we're used to seeing from Hyundai-Kia. The hybrid wasn't alone, however. The still-unnamed model was caught testing among an entourage that included both competitors and other Hyundai-Kia prototypes, including the pure-electric variant of the upcoming hybrid. The two cars appear to share bodywork, but a side-by-side shot of the rear undercarriage reveals they are very different beneath the skin. In place of an exhaust system, the EV version has what appears to be a structure for a battery pack. The photographer also notes that certain components have been repackaged to accommodate the large battery. We previously reported that a plug-in hybrid variant of the Prius-fighter was in development. It's unclear if this all-electric tester previews a variant that will arrive in addition to or in lieu of a plug-in model.

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Hyundai Kia EV Hybrid Test© Provided by MotorTrend Hyundai Kia EV Hybrid Test The Hyundai EV was spotted testing alongside a few other battery-powered vehicles. The Volkswagen e-Golf and Kia Soul EV, the Hyundai's corporate cousin, were likely on hand for benchmarking purposes. Meanwhile, the hybrid was caught testing with the outgoing Toyota Prius. An all-new Prius is expected to be revealed in September.

Our shooter also managed to snap the interiors of both the Prius-fighter and Kia's upcoming subcompact crossover. The interior of the Prius-fighter looks like standard Hyundai fare, though we can see what looks like an electric power gauge and a traditional gear selector. The Kia crossover doesn't reveal much detail, with a black sheet draping over most of the dash and camo covering the center console. But the gauge cluster does give away something interesting: this test mule is likely a hybrid. We can see a digital battery charge meter in the left binnacle.

Judging by this large test group, Hyundai and Kia clearly have a lot brewing in the electrified vehicle department. We'll start seeing some of the fruits of this testing by 2017, when the Hyundai dedicated hybrid is expected to debut.

Photo Source: KGP Photography

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