As the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is becoming more widely available (in Europe right now, nothing in North America for a few more months at least), it is becoming obvious that Hyundai has done an amazing job when they built this from-the-ground-up, purpose-built vehicle.
Although the battery pack is relatively small (it’s 28 kWh – comparable to the Nissan LEAF’s 30 kWh battery pack), it’s able to get ranges closer to that of the Chevrolet Bolt than any of the 100 mile electric vehicles.
For example, in a recent test, driven along the same route in similar conditions, a 30 kWh Nissan Leaf was able to drive 122.1km on a single charge. However, the 2017 IONIQ Electric made it 165 km! That’s over 35% farther on a smaller battery pack! Efficiency ratings on that drive were 20.7 kWh per 100 kms for the LEAF, and only 17 kWH/100kms for the IONIQ.
Of all the range tests that I have seen on the Hyundai IONIQ EV, they just keep stating the (now) obvious. The IONIQ Electric is the star – it’s a second generation electric car, it just has a small battery 🙂
For more range geeking, check out this thread on the forum – it is a collection of IONIQ range test results
The IONIQ comes in three models, and Hyundai USA is planning on releasing them at all different times.
Here’s the breakdown, as far as we know – now. Hyundai first said the IONIQ Ev would be coming at the end of 2016, but later bumped that date back to Spring 2017.
The Ioniq EV release date in the USA is set to go on sale by April 1, 2017. The Ioniq Hybrid has the same release plans as the Electric vehicle. However, the plug-in hybrid version will be released in the US later in the year by September 1.
In South Korea, the availability is different. Actually, the Ioniq Hybrid was launched a year ago in February 2016, and the Ioniq battery electric version follow in July 2016.
The IONIQ will come to other markets after it is launched in North America. With the IONIQ, Hyundai is aimed squarley at the Toyota Prius Prime. It will be interesting to see how things shake out in the future
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The Hyundai IONIQ was first revealed in South Korea in January 2016, followed by the official debut of the 3 different IONIQ models in March 2016. At the time, Hyundai said it would be ready to go on sale by mid 2016 and received much skepticism. As we now know, the IONIQ was bumped back for its North American delivery, and may end up coming as the IONIQ 2018 model year.
As for other parts of the world, back in July 2016, the IONIQ Electric went on sale in South Korea and sold over 1000 units in the first two months on the market.
In North America, the Hybrid and Electric models are expected to hit dealerships by April 1, 2017, and some news outlets report getting word that the first EV models will arrive by the end of February. The plug-in hybrid will arrive in the fall.
Hyundai is expecting lots from this newcomer to the market, and is hoping to sell 30,000 of them globally in 2016. Hyundai Motor Company expects to sell 77,000 copies of the hybrid Hyundai IONIQ 2018 version in 2017. No sales numbers were released for the Hyundai Ioniq Electric 2018 model year.