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, 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, 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.