The South Korean automaker, the fifth largest in the world when taken with its affiliate Kia Motors, has introduced the Ioniq Electric version, also releasing first details about the battery-operated vehicle.
Not long ago Hyundai introduced the Ioniq Hybrid – which makes use of a 1.6 GDI petrol engine and an electric motor – and now we have the first images and preliminary technical details about the second version in the family – the fully electric variant. The carmaker has added orders can be taken for the vehicle in Europe starting this summer and US sales will also commence in August. The Ioniq Electric packs a 28-kWh battery (2016 Nissan Leaf has 30 kWh battery) made by LG and placed under the back seats. It will come with a range of 05 miles (169 kilometers) on a single charge, according to official information provided under the South Korean test cycle (the Leaf against trumps it by having two more miles per charge). The power comes from an electric motor with 117 horsepower (88 kW), allowing the EV to reach up to 93 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour).
For now we only have pricing information for the model in South Korea – starting at 40 million won ($32,400) for the entry-level version. The IONIQ Electric will have three different trim levels and the top one is called Q, priced from 43M won ($34,800). Among the standard amenities we found LED headlights, chrome door handles, 16-inch wheels, and a 6-speaker audio system. Hyundai expects to sell about 4,000 units of the Ioniq EV this year.