The first dedicated green platform, underpinning Hyundai’s Ioniq range – with Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and EV – is coming across the US dealerships in stages throughout the 2017 model year.
The South Korean automaker is expected to make deep inroads into the green field by introducing no less than 28 eco-friendly models in the United States by 2020, with ten of them being hybrids, 8 plug-in hybrids, 8 electric vehicles, and another two featuring fuel cell powertrains. “We know that electrification is the right way to go, irrespective of what we each look for in a vehicle,“ commented Michael O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning, during a recent meeting to showcase some details about the plans.
The Ioniq could be the core of the green range as its three versions will become available during the 2017 model year. The fully electric version will reach showrooms first before the end of the year, the hybrid will be offered early into 2017 and the plug in hybrid will enter the roster during the third quarter of the year. The Ioniq EV will return an estimated 124 miles (200 kilometers) of range, according to the company, with exact MPGE figures to be released during the Los Angeles Auto Show. While it’s definitely not in the same league as the Chevrolet Bolt (238 miles of range), for example, the company has plans to increase the range count to more than 200 miles (322 km) by 2018.