Hyundai adds an electric car to the mix.
Hyundai is the latest car manufacturer to join the move toward the electric vehicle age with the release of the Ioniq.
There are three powertrains in the range: a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine/electric hybrid with 1.56kWh battery, a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine/plug-in electric hybrid with 8.9kWh battery and the 28kWh full electric model. All three are offered in either Elite or better-equipped Premium specification and share the same compact, fastback style body.
The entry price to the new Ioniq range is $33,990 for the Elite hybrid model. Plug-in hybrids start at $40,990 which undercuts the previously cheapest in the market plug-in, the Mitsubishi PHEV, by $5000. The $44,990 price for the full electric model in Elite grade makes it the new cheapest EV on the Australian market, $2500 cheaper than the smaller Renault Zoe and significantly cheaper than either a BMW i3 or the cheapest model from Tesla.
Hyundai will have a website to explain the powertrains more fully and help potential buyers choose the powertrain that best suits their needs and vehicle usage patterns. The company expects the all-electric model to account for around 50% of total Ioniq sales, with the plug-in model the next most popular at 30%.
The EV version’s high-voltage (360V) 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery gives the Ioniq an official test-cycle range of 280km, though Hyundai claim 230km as a more realistic real-world estimate based on local testing over 1600km, around nine charge cycles, and a mix of long-distance driving and a high proportion of urban use, with airconditioning operating.
Charging time with the standard cable and control-box unit supplied with the EV from a normal 10A household power outlet is quoted at approximately 12 hours to full charge from zero. This reduces to about four-an-a-half hours when charged from the optional home charger system that can be supplied and installed from $1995. When a commercial 100kW DC fast-charge station is used, 80 percent of full charge can be achieved in as little as 23 minutes (30 minutes on 50kW fast charger).
The normal five year/unlimited km vehicle warranty is extended to eight year/160,000km for the high-voltage battery pack.
The Ioniq goes on sale from mid-December 2018 and will be available through selected dealers in capital cities and regional areas nationally. Currently, that will be around 18 of the country’s 170-odd Hyundai dealers.