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Suzuki Swift Range Extender Concept: Geneva Auto Show

author photo by Nick Jaynes March 2012
  • Suzuki unveils the Swift Range Extender at this year’s Geneva Auto Show
  • A concept version of the Swift Range Extender currently in development
  • Inspired by the Swift Plug-In Hybrid unveiled at the 2010 Tokyo Motor Show

Spurred on by current and future environmental requirements across the globe, Suzuki has developed a compact electric vehicle with a range-extending gasoline motor onboard. Capable of 18 miles of range on the initial electric charge, the Suzuki Range Extender has been designed for short urban trips such as grocery shopping.

The benefit of having a 658cc gasoline generator engine onboard is that it alleviates drivers' worries of running the battery flat by generating electricity on the fly. A full charge of the battery pack takes a mere one and a half hours on a 200-volt charger.

With space for five passengers, the Swift Range Extender might be an excellent glimpse into the small urban car of the future.

Other than battery spec, initial electric charge range and passenger capacity, Suzuki is being rather coy with the details of the Swift Range Extender. We suspect, however, that as a more solid production version draws nearer, we’ll see more concrete info from the automaker.

What it means to you: With short range and even shorter charge time, Suzuki demonstrates a compact way to solve urban dwellers' need for an economical car.

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