Full details and specifications for the new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in, hybrid and electric models
The Hyundai Ioniq is a rival for the Toyota Prius and the first car of its kind to be available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and purely electric model, all based on the same underpinnings.
First to arrive were the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (priced from £19,995) and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (from £24,495 after the government’s grant has been subtracted). The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In is due by summer 2017, with pricing to be confirmed nearer its on-sale date.
The radical Ioniq made its public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and will go down in history as the first model offering three types of alternative-fuel powertrain. With a starting price of below £20,000, the Hybrid also undercuts the Toyota Prius by around £4,000.
Trim levels are straightforward, with SE, Premium or Premium SE being the only three available. Even the SE gets alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, cruise control and a reversing camera as standard. Hyundai has included plenty of safety kit, too, such as autonomous emergency braking to help avoid low-speed collisions. The range-topping Premium SE models get luxury features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
In the Hybrid model, the electric motor works in a similar way to a turbocharger, assisting with acceleration at low speeds, or when you put your foot down, with its small battery pack charged by the 1.6-litre petrol engine and energy recovered as the car slows down.
The Ioniq is the first car to be available with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric power options.
The hybrid combines a specially designed 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor producing 43bhp. Put these together and they produce a combined 139bhp, fed to the front wheels by a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Hyundai says the Ioniq Hybrid returns up to 83.1mpg. That’s less than the 85.6 or 94.2mpg promised by the Toyota Prius, but still sufficient to cover 846 miles (enough to drive from Land's End to John O'Groats) without refuelling.
CO2 emissions for the hybrid are rated at 79g/km, which means that although it’s liable for the London Congestion Charge, road tax is free for cars registered before 1 April 2017.
The Ioniq range currently consists of Hybrid and Electric models, with different specification levels for each. You can choose the Hybrid in SE, Premium or Premium SE spec, with prices beginning at £19,995. Equipment on even this entry-level version is quite comprehensive, with 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio and cruise control all coming as standard, as well as rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
All models are protected by the impressive list of safety technology that’s fitted as standard – autonomous emergency braking is on hand to bring the car to a halt automatically if an emergency arises, lane-keeping assistance prevents you drifting out of your lane on the road and the air pressure in every tyre is individually monitored.
The Premium costs £21,795 and extends the list of standard equipment with keyless entry and go, heated front seats and steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights. There’s also sat nav, an upgraded stereo and wireless phone charging, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
At the top of the Hybrid range, the £23,595 Premium SE expands the toy count still further, with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and wipers and leather seats that are heated and ventilated for those in the front – the driver enjoying electric adjustment with a memory function. Blind-spot monitoring is also a feature, along with rear cross-traffic alert that will warn of approaching traffic when you’re reversing out of a parking space. Front parking sensors are also fitted.
The specification is broadly similar for the Ioniq Electric, although there’s no SE model here – the Premium is the entry-level and starts at £28,995 before the government contribution is deducted. It features automatic wipers, 16-inch alloys, LED lights all around and adaptive cruise control in addition to the specification of the Hybrid Premium.
Top of the Ioniq Electric range is the Premium SE, which starts at £30,795 (again, before the government subsidy). Its kit is pretty much identical to what you get with the Hybrid Premium SE, apart from its unique 16-inch alloys and red exterior trim highlights.
Construction & chassis
The Ioniq is based on an all-new platform and uses a range of advanced lithium-ion batteries for greater electric-only range and performance than some rivals.
It’s constructed from a mixture of advanced high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium. The use of aluminium for non-structural bodywork makes the car lighter and more efficient, as well as better to drive. Hyundai has positioned the batteries low down to lower the centre of gravity and further improve the Ioniq’s handling.
Compared to those in other Hyundai models, the Ioniq’s dashboard is somewhat simplified. The seven-inch infotainment touchscreen removes the need for several dashboard buttons and is the ‘nerve centre’ of the interior. It’s compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to safely (and legally) control features on your smartphone while at the wheel.
Plenty of head, shoulder and legroom is assured for all occupants and in keeping with the Ioniq’s green credentials, the materials used inside are ‘eco-friendly’. Boot space is claimed to be best-in-class, thanks to the batteries being placed under the rear seat instead of under the boot, as is typical of other hybrids. The Hybrid has is 443 litres of boot space, while the Electric has 350. This eclipses the Toyota Prius by around 100 litres and can be expanded to 750 litres if you fold the rear seatbacks flat.
The Toyota Prius’s reign as the mpg king is over. When the Hyundai Ioniq Blue hybrid goes on sale in early 2017, it will carry a 58-mpg EPA combined rating, the highest of any non-plug-in vehicle. The car it dethrones, the Toyota Prius Eco, has an EPA combined rating of 56 mpg.
The Ioniq Blue hybrid’s city and highway ratings will read 57 and 59 mpg, respectively. Those figures apply only to the Ioniq Blue, a high-mpg model similar to the Prius’s Eco trim. The Ioniq Blue receives a special wheel-and-tire package among other small tweaks to squeeze an additional 1 or 2 mpg from the standard Ioniq hybrid.
Such high efficiency is a result of fanatical engineering of the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, such as the unconventional use of a water-cooled exhaust-gas-recirculation system. With lower EGR temperatures, the Ioniq’s Kappa engine can fill a cylinder with as much as 20 percent exhaust gas during the intake stroke. The typical uncooled EGR system displaces 10 percent of the fresh-air charge. Hyundai claims this difference alone is good for a 3 percent fuel economy benefit by reducing the engine’s pumping losses.
The engine cooling system uses a split-circuit design to modulate temperatures of the head and block separately. The control logic opens the thermostat to the cylinder head at 190 degrees, while coolant starts flowing to the block at 221 degrees. The higher temperature in the block decreases the viscosity of the oil, reducing friction losses. Lower cylinder-head temperatures help prevent catastrophic detonation, which allows more bandwidth in adjusting the ignition timing.
The engine runs a high 13.0:1 mechanical compression ratio with fuel sprayed directly into the combustion chamber via injectors with laser-cut holes of different sizes. These tailored holes reduce wall wetting—when liquid fuel contacts the cylinder walls before it atomizes—to reduce particulate emissions. Continuously variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts allows Atkinson-cycle operation. The net result is a claimed 40 percent thermal efficiency for the internal-combustion side of Hyundai’s gasoline-electric powertrain.
The Ioniq’s thrift isn’t all due to the engine, of course. It slices through the air with a low coefficient of drag of 0.24 thanks to its sleek shape, an active air shutter in the front grille, and BMW-style air curtains that direct air from the front fascia into the front wheel wells and around the tires. We also expect the Ioniq to match or beat the Prius Eco’s svelte 3033-pound curb weight. Like its Toyota rival, the Ioniq uses an aluminum hood and rear hatch. Hyundai also has eliminated the heavy lead-acid 12-volt battery. In its place, the Korean automaker installs a few extra lithium-ion cells in the battery pack under the rear seat. These cells are located close to the 1.56-kWh traction battery, but electrically they are only connected through a DC-to-DC voltage converter.
Hyundai hopes its Ioniq will capture the same squeaky-green image of the Prius by offering three alternative powertrain choices in the same basic body shell. The plug-in hybrid’s larger 8.9-kWh battery should provide 27 miles of electric range before the gas engine kicks on, while the Ioniq EV will cover 124 miles between charges with a combined city/highway efficiency rating of 136 MPGe. It should be noted, though, that these figures for the plug-in models are preliminary and may change slightly before production.
Buyers who need to travel beyond the EV’s full-charge range can opt for DC fast-charging capability that recharges the battery at up to 100 kW via SAE CCS connectors. That’s twice the power of every other EV save for the Tesla Model S, which charges at up to 120 kW using Tesla’s Supercharger network. For the time being, this extra capability is merely a way for Hyundai to future-proof its EV, since existing CCS charging stations only support a maximum power output of 50 kW.
Ioniq’s light-yet-rigid body is the result of advanced design, construction methods and materials. Featuring 53 percent Advanced High Strength Steel, the chassis benefits from superior rigidity for responsive handling and safety, with high impact-energy absorption and minimized cabin distortion to protect passengers in the event of a collision. This rigid structure also leverages 475 feet of advanced structural adhesives in its design, simultaneously yielding both lightweighting and rigidity benefits. A host of innovative active and passive safety features help protect Ioniq drivers and passengers. These electronic systems are class-leading as Ioniq continues to break the mold for alternative fuel vehicle safety standards. The long list of active safety features includes Blind Spot Detection, which works with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to warn the driver of any surrounding vehicles, passengers or objects that could lead to a collision. A Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is also offered, which sounds an alarm as the car moves over lane lines.
The Ioniq is also fitted with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, even braking automatically as required. With sensor-fusion technology that utilizes the front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages. Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage, applying maximum braking immediately before an imminent collision. When a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, the system is activated, operating at speeds of more than 5 mph, and minimizes damage when a collision is otherwise unavoidable.
Using front radar sensors, Smart Cruise Control allows a constant speed and following distance to be maintained from the vehicle ahead without depressing the accelerator or brake pedals; it is automatically cancelled when speed drops to 5 mph or below. Ioniq Electric takes it a step further by providing Advanced Smart Cruise Control, providing fully automatic stop/start function as well. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System also helps ensure each individual tire is properly inflated. A total of seven airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, help protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of a collision. Body structure improvements, complemented by a high-strength fiber-reinforced rear bumper fascia make the entire Ioniq line-up strong and durable in the event of a crash.
In keeping with its exterior, the interior of Ioniq captures the model’s futuristic qualities, with a ‘Purified High-tech’ design concept. A smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme and efficient use of interior space complements a logical, structured approach applied to the layout of controls for intuitive operation. Materials for the interior were chosen with an ecologically-sensitive focus and are used to create a simple and clean look throughout the car, giving the interior a sleek, light and purified feel.
The driver and passenger of the Electric model will also notice that there is more room between the front seats. This is achieved via a button-activated shift-by-wire system free of mechanical linkage. The Ioniq also features an electronic parking brake (EPB), conserving space in the center console.
The Ioniq sleek silhouette and its simple, carefully wrought contours assist the efficient management of airflow around the exterior. Applications like front wheel air curtains, a rear spoiler and diffuser, side sill moldings, floor undercover and a closed-wheel design all contribute to the car’s high aerodynamic efficiency of 0.24 Cd. Additionally, the Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid feature a three-stage active air flap integrated with the front grille, while a sleek, closed front fascia differentiates the Electric model.
Smart and efficient air conditioning
To provide a pleasant, comfortable and refreshing interior climate without using unnecessary amounts of energy, the Ioniq climate control can be switched to an efficient operation mode. Recirculated air is maximized when air-conditioning or heating, reducing ventilation losses and increasing the overall efficiency of the system. Also, the fully-automatic climate control can be set to ‘Driver only’ mode, thereby reducing the load of both air-conditioning and heating on the overall powertrain.
Eco-focused materials create clean and sustainable interior ambience
A key characteristic of the Ioniq is its innovative use of recycled or ecologically-sensitive materials. The interior door covers are made of plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone while providing the same quality appearance of typical plastic-based materials. The softer, more natural feel is achieved along with less reliance on oil-based products. This approach extends to other areas of the car as well. Raw materials extracted from sugar cane are partly applied on the headliner and carpet. Paint with renewable ingredients extracted from soybean oil is used to achieve lustrous metallic colors on key components.
To suit customers’ varied lifestyles, Ioniq features state-of-the-art infotainment and connectivity features. Ioniq is equipped with a high-definition 7-inch TFT information cluster. With a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, it displays all gauge functions (speedometer, drive mode, fuel level). Depending on the selected drive mode, background color and gauges are adapted to always provide the most important and useful information. Within SPORT mode, the display changes into a revolving digital speedometer that is surrounded by an analog-type tachometer, showing engine rpm in red. When choosing ECO mode, the TFT-information cluster simulates the classic speedometer needle.
Ioniq also allows drivers to integrate their smartphone with the vehicle’s infotainment system by providing both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to activate music, telephone or navigation functions with lower distraction levels. Ioniq also offers a wireless inductive-charging pad (Qi standard) for mobile phones.
In crafting the exterior appearance of Ioniq, Hyundai designers concentrated on its future-focused character, fundamental to its appeal. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize aerodynamic body lines and surface volumes. A sporty, hatchback-like profile is inspired by aerodynamic efficiency, complementing the soft lines and surfaces that trace the car’s outline. These attributes combine to boost aerodynamics further, which, when combined with various other smart efficiency solutions, produce a class-leading 0.24 coefficient of drag.
In addition to Ioniq aerodynamics, further design details distinguish the Hybrid, Plug-in and Electric models from one another, creating their unique identities:
The front of the Ioniq Hybrid is characterized by the Bi-Xenon HID headlights surrounded by C-shaped LED positioning lamps. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights further convey purity of design. Contrasting colors at the base of the bumper fascia add individual character and can be paired with two unique interior environments. The color choices for Ioniq models include Black Noir Pearl, Symphony Air Silver, and Electric Blue Metallic, Ceramic White, Siena Brown and Summit Gray. The Ioniq Hybrid features specially-designed two-tone contrasting 15- or 17-inch alloy wheels.
Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
In addition to general exterior design details from the Hybrid, such as the hexagonal grille and the vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights, the Ioniq Plug-in also features low-beam LED headlamps. The Plug-in also integrates a charging portal into the left front fender for the lithium-ion polymer battery. Specially-designed 16-inch alloy wheels further differentiate the Plug-in Hybrid model.
Ioniq Electric conveys a unique front perspective: without a need for extensive powertrain cooling, the grille is a sleek and clean surface. The Electric model also features LED low-beam front headlamps and rear combination lamps with a unique pattern and identity for the rear view, as well as unique eco-spoke alloy wheels.
Korean giant's first global hybrid won't arrive Down Under this year as promised, as IONIQ electric emerges
Hyundai Australia will not launch its first hybrid this year as promised, following confirmation the Korean car-maker’s ground-breaking new IONIQ will not arrive in local showrooms until next year.
The company confirmed the delay at the launch of its new Elantra overnight, as the electric version of the IONIQ emerged in a leaked image.
A single frontal image and details reportedly obtained from Hyundai about the ‘IONIQ electric’ were published by Motor1.com, which claims the EV will be powered by an 88kW electric motor fed by a 28kWh battery made by LG and stored underneath the rear seats.
The IONIQ electric will reportedly come with a claimed driving range of 169km on a full charge under the South Korean testing cycle, and a top speed of 150km/h.
This compares with 170km on the Australian cycle for Nissan’s electric LEAF hatchback, which is now available in Europe with a larger 30kWh battery pack (up from the standard car’s 24kWh battery) that boosts range to 250km. Nissan hopes to double the range of its next-generation LEAF to as much as 500km by 2018.
According to Motor1.com, the IONIQ electric will be priced from 40 million won ($A46,200) in Korea, with a premium version costing $3500 extra.
When the IONIQ was officially revealed in December, Hyundai Australia said it would launch the petrol-electric hybrid version here in the third quarter of this year, priced from around $35,000 to compete with the world’s top-selling hybrid, the Toyota Prius.
At the time, Hyundai Australia said the plug-in hybrid version was also under consideration for local release, but it had no plans to release the all-electric version at this stage, although it hasn’t ruled it out.
Now it says the IONIQ hybrid’s Australian release has been pushed out to 2017 at the earliest, with Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer Scott Grant telling motoring.com.au that there’s no plan to launch the IONIQ here this year.
“It’s launching now globally, but focused on left-hand drive markets,” he said.
Hyundai Australia Public Relations General Manager Bill Thomas said the delay was due to a “progressive global roll-out and product prioritisation”.
“Plans have changed, yes,” he said. “As ever, we are working to our parent company’s global strategy and the Australian launch has been pushed back to 2017, whereas previously we were planning a Q3 2016 launch.
“These things happen with new models.”
It is believed the IONIQ will be in hot demand in the UK market, which is where the initial allocation of right-hand drive vehicles will head.
Hyundai has already launched the IONIQ hybrid in Korea and will begin sales of IONIQ electric in the US from around August.
Currently, Hyundai sells its plug-in hybrid Sonata nationwide, though it doesn’t necessarily seem that way due to the fact that, in most states, dealers aren’t required to actually stock the Sonata PHEV (although they do have the option to do so). Rather, it’s available via special order item available through your local dealer.
Only dealerships in 10 states (California and those other states that share California emissions standard) routinely stock the Sonata PHEV.
In the other 40 states (for the most part), you simply have walk into a Hyundai dealerships and place your Sonata PHEV order. Then, you wait a few weeks to take delivery. It’s not an ideal setup, but at least it is available nationwide, something that can’t be said for a dozen other plug-ins on the US market today.
According to Hyundai, the same process will be in place for the plug-in hybrid version of IONIQ (32 miles of EPA-estimated electric range).
While the hybrid and BEV versions of IONIQ will be readily available at dealerships across the nation, the PHEV version will again be stocked at dealerships in only 10 states and available for special order in the remaining 40 states.
We don’t love this arrangement, but as mentioned above, at least Hyundai is making the plug-in hybrid IONIQ available nationwide, which can’t be said of a lot of the other plug-ins on the market today.
Before the IONIQ PHEV hits the U.S. market, both the BEV (coming in Q1 2017 and deemed the U.S.’ most fuel-efficient vehicle ever sold) and conventional hybrid versions will launch. We expect to see the PHEV IONIQ go on sale in the U.S. in mid 2017, likely as a 2018 model year offering.
Hyundai IONIQ Lineup Release schedule for US (as at Jan/12/2017) … sad faces for the plug-in hybrid model.
Toyota and Hyundai have become direct rivals in the plug-in hybrid market, with today’s New York motor show introduction of the Toyota Prius Prime and Hyundai Ioniq. Both companies hope to secure a larger share of the growing global segment, but what sets the two apart?
Like the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq is available in both standard hybrid and plug-in hybrid – as well as full-electric, which puts it one-up on the Prius. But, for both line-ups, it’s the new plug-in hybrids that are likely to prove ground-breaking and a stepping-stone to full-electric vehicles for most buyers.
Hyundai Australia has already indicated that it will seek to bring the plug-in version of the Ioniq next year while Toyota Australia has ruled out plug-ins for the foreseeable future, claiming that the Australian market is not ready yet for such a car.
Nonetheless, with the Prius Prime a seemingly wasted opportunity for Toyota in Australia, the Ioniq plug-in may be Hyundai Australia’s answer for an affordable plug-in city car that has reasonable electric-only range with the advantage of an extended and very fuel-efficient total range.
But is it a comparable choice to the Prius Prime, or will it be a case of being the only choice in our market?
The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid has a 35-kilometre pure EV range, while the Ioniq plug-in hybrid claims more than 40km. Relatively even, then.
Both use a lithium-ion battery, with the Prime’s at 8.8kWh while the Ioniq gets a slightly larger one at 8.9kWh.
The difference is more evident in the drivetrain, with the Prius matching its petrol engine to two electric motors (with the pair reportedly producing an unconfirmed 66kW of power), against the Ioniq’s petrol engine and single 45kW electric motor.
The Prime is stuck with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the Ioniq is equipped with a dual-clutch six-speed transmission for a better driving feel. This is also the case for the standard Prius and Ioniq hybrids.
According to Hyundai, this adds an extra element of sporty drive that is missing from eco-friendly cars today.
To the Prius Prime’s advantage, the interior is almost a mini-Tesla with a floating vertical 11.9-inch screen that controls a great deal of functionality. Also its exterior design is refreshing, and a huge step above the standard fourth-generation Prius. On the other hand, the Ioniq is more conservative in its appearance and the interior is not as sophisticated or futuristic.
What the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid has going for it, more than anything, is the potential pricing. The standard fourth-generation Toyota Prius starts from $34,990 for the base spec, while the higher-grade iTech is priced at a staggering $43,990.
In contrast, CarAdvice believes that Hyundai Australia is aiming to bring the Ioniq plug-in hybrid into the country at or under $40,000, which will mean the standard Ioniq hybrid (if it even comes) will be well below that.
That’s without mentioning the fact that, unlike the new Prius, even the regular Ioniq hybrid uses lithium batteries instead of the relatively ‘old tech’ Nickel-metal hydride still used in the Toyota.
On paper, Toyota not having a plug-in hybrid available locally – and having to compete with a more advanced product – would likely put a dent in Prius sales.
But, even Toyota America, which will offer the Prius Prime against the Ioniq plug-in hybrid, is hoping the car’s reputation will carry more weight than its South Korean rival’s better specification.
“We think not focusing on one thing but focusing on the whole vehicle itself [will be the Prime’s selling point]. There’s an awful lot of advantages to the consumer and a lot that we will be able to market,” Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division at Toyota USA, told CarAdvice at the New York motor show today in response to how Toyota will deal with the Ioniq’s better specification.
“They have a new product, it’s great that they are in the market and they will be pushing it, but I think with the Prius name in the market and the reputation that it has, we will benefit from that as more and more people learn about and understand the difference between hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrics. I think that will only benefit the segment and Prius long term.”
That may be the case in the US, but, in Australia, Hyundai understands that having a plug-in hybrid first in that price segment will help it get the jump on Toyota, with Hyundai Australia communications manager, Bill Thomas, admitting that being first is important.
“In theory, launching a conventional hybrid would just make us a follower or an also ran, so [our] early preferences are for the higher-tech PHEV.” Thomas told CarAdvice.
With the drop in petrol and diesel prices, regular hybrid models have become less appealing to buyers than they have been in the past. The shift “has made it difficult to forecast how things will shape up,” he said, “and the market seems to be trending away from simple green options”.
“While Ioniq is a brand statement and not about volume, we need to be sure that the market finds our car appealing.”
In contrast, Toyota Australia product public relations manager, Stephen Coughlan, told CarAdvice today that “at this time, we have no plans to offer the Prius Prime or any plug-in models locally.”
Toyota sold just 459 Prius last year, down from 487 the year before, making it only second-last to the Rukus in its passenger segment.
Whether the Ioniq can beat those numbers with its plug-in hybrid remains to be seen, but even if it doesn’t, it will help create the required awareness at a certain price point, which currently doesn’t exist.
Ioniq Electric is rated at 155 miles of range in European testing.
We’ve seen the Prius-fighting, conventional-hybrid version of the new Hyundai Ioniq, and now the other two versions of this new eco-minded hatchback are coming to the upcoming Geneva auto show. The Ioniq Plug-in and all-electric Ioniq Electric make their global debuts next week, and Hyundai has provided more details on both these cars’ new drivetrains.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the Korean automaker’s first EV, gets a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s said to provide a driving range of around 155 miles, at least in European testing. That number will likely go down when the U.S. EPA tests the car on its more rigorous cycle, but it still might top EV competitors like the Nissan Leaf, which goes 107 miles on a single charge. The 88-kW electric motor delivers up to 217 lb-ft of torque through a single-speed transmission, propelling the Ioniq to a top speed of 103 mph.
The Ioniq Electric sets itself apart from the plug-in and hybrid variants with a much more sleek-looking front end. Instead of a conventional front grille, the EV wears a single piece of flush grey trim with a large Hyundai badge in the center. It also has copper-colored exterior trim accents, as opposed to the blue accents on the hybrid and plug-in versions. All versions of the Ioniq have a low drag coefficient of 0.24.
Plug-in gets 31 miles of all-electric range
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in uses an 8.9-kWh battery pack which enables more all-electric driving range than its conventional hybrid sibling. Hyundai says it will go approximately 31 miles on a full charge before activating the 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine that sits under the hood. The plug-in shares the same six-speed dual-clutch transmission as the regular Ioniq Hybrid, and offers a few different driving modes to maximize efficiency.
The only visual difference we can spot in this photo between the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid are the wheel designs and the headlight clusters. Otherwise, expect all three versions of the Ioniq to share basic interior layouts and available equipment. Hyundai says that an active-safety package with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot detection, and adaptive cruise control, will be available for all versions.
Keep an eye out for more details on the Hyundai Ioniq lineup as the green car officially debuts next week at the Geneva auto show. The Ioniq Hybrid is likely to come to the U.S. first starting later this year, with the plug-in and EV variants to follow.
Not long ago we heard the 2017 Focus Electric was not going to pack significant changes to its electric powertrain that would enable it to go after the new, buy cialis long-range electric models.
The refreshed Focus EV would pack an enhanced range of about 100 miles (160 km) on a charge, healingwhile the new long-range offerings from Chevrolet and Tesla – Bolt and Model 3, respectively – are said to boast at least 200 miles (320 km) with a single charge. Ford has also been rumored to deliver a new, bespoke line of green models called Model E that would pack a trio of versions – hybrid, plug in hybrid and full electric just like the Hyundai Ioniq line. Now apparently Ford chief executive officer Mark Fields has decided the automaker should be one of the leaders in the electric segment. While discussing the company strategy during a recent earnings call, he said an electric vehicle reaching a range of 200 miles is “something we’re developing”.
Fields was mum on details, making us come back to the rumor mill and discuss the possibilities. We already know the 2017 Focus Electric will only have a 100 miles range, which means this can’t be the model competing with the 200+ mile range boasted by the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. This leaves us with the upcoming Model E range, which could include a true rival for the two accessible electrics once it hits the market sometimes in 2019.
The all electric version of Hyundai Ioniq EV is here. The model was introduced at the New York Auto Show. We all knew that it will show up on sale near the end of 2016. The nameplate will have a gasoline electric hybrid and also a plug in hybrid with an estimated driving range of 110 miles. Byung K. Ahn is the eco-vehicle performance director. In an interview he said that some more aggressive plans for EV have been disclosed. It is expected that Hyundai will launch an Hyundai Ioniq EV that is capable of 200 miles by 2018.
These numbers would put the Ioniq in the conversation with Chevy Bolt EV. According to the sources, it will arrive to the market this year with 200 miles of range. Ahn said that the new Ioniq will not be the car that will reach these goals. The failure or success of new Hyundai Ioniq EV will be based on the price. Still now it is not known that what will be its price. But it is clear that the South Korean company is aiming at the heart of the green car market. In terms of combined fuel economy Ioniq hybrid will trump the Toyota Prius with 56-ish miles per gallon.
Chris Hosford is Hyundai’s Motor America director of communications. He also had some interesting things to share regarding the Tuscon fuel cell vehicle project. The company engineers around 200 of them have been doggedly the hydrogen powered technology where there are many big hurdles still to overcome.
The South Korean automaker is looking to make a name for itself in the developing green segment – and the Ioniq range is already making the headlines in America ahead of the sales introduction.
Hyundai has been a lead developer in the world of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, order advice but it has also turned its eye on the battery electrics – considering the slow progress of infrastructure development in the former field. Their first mass market attempt at the segment is one of crucial importance – the Ioniq compact sedan is a whole new design complete with its own platform. The three models have been around their home market for some time now and were recently released in parts of Europe as well, viagra here but they’re only hitting US dealerships in the electric form early in 2017.
The Ioniq Electric has a 28 kWh battery pack and an EPA-rated maximum range of 124 miles (200 km). This is what you’re getting with the recently refreshed e-Golf but it’s certainly less than what the Chevrolet Bolt or the Tesla model 3 are going to offer. Hyundai has already committed to “over 200 miles by 2018,” which might be great considering that already its fuel economy ratings are actually better than we think. This is because in terms of efficiency the EV from Hyundai gets 136 (combined city/highway), which is 12 MPGe better than the BMW i3 – while the Chevrolet Bolt is actually fourth behind the two i3 versions and the Ioniq.