Hyundai Ioniq Electric Will Have 110 Mile Range

 

Hyundai is excited about its new Ioniq product line. In a first for a major manufacturer, the chassis for the new car will be used for three different powertrains — a traditional hybrid like the Toyota Prius, a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, and a battery electric like the Nissan LEAF. The hybrid and the battery electric versions are expected to go on sale in the US later this year. The plug-in hybrid will arrive sometime thereafter.

 

Hyundai Ioniq

Automotive News got a chance to drive the electric version of the Ioniq at a press event in Korea recently and came away impressed. “During a short test drive, it had solid handling and sporty acceleration,” the tester said. He even went so far as to call the car “peppy.” The only disappointment was being told the range of the electric will only be 110 miles from its 28 kWh battery pack.

Previous reports had suggested that number would be closer to 155 miles, but it turns out that is the rating according to the far more generous European test procedure. With the new Nissan LEAF having 107 miles of range and the upcoming Chevy Bolt boasting a 200 mile range, many were hoping the Ioniq would fall somewhere in between.

The battery electric car will have four levels of regenerative braking available. The driver will be able to select between the options using paddles behind the steering wheel. Those paddles are similar to those used to control dual clutch automatic transmissions, except the Ioniq has no transmission. It will also have a navigation system that uses an “eco-routing” algorithm that can choose the most energy efficient route to a destination. It factors in issues such as hills, turns, traffic signals, traffic and speed limits to preserve battery life and fight range anxiety.

Hyundai has designed the Ioniq hybrid to exceed the mileage capability of the Toyota Prius. Like the Prius, it will come in a standard version and a more frugal “eco” version. “Our target is a little more than our competitor,” said Lee Ki-Sang, senior vice president for Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center. Beating the Prius “has really big meaning to me.”

In order to accomplish that goal, the Ioniq hybrid will need to better the regular Prius’ 52 mpg combined rating and the “eco” version’s 56 mpg combined rating. Whether drivers in the US will get excited about a 1 or 2 mpg difference in the era of cheap gasoline remains to be seen. Hyundai will introduce the Ioniq officially in the US at the New York Auto Show on March 23.

Photo credit: Hyundai

 





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  • evfan

    110 mile range is good enough for most days, but most Americans would not consider this as an only vehicle.

    Ionic is the first car that will be available as BEV, PHEV or HEV and it will be interesting to see how the prices work out for the different drive trains.

    • Steve Hanley

      Yup. Very curious to see what the pricing for each version will be.

      As you say, 110 miles is good enough for most people on most days. But perception is reality. The perception is that a car “needs” 200 miles of range. In sales, you have to give the customer what the customer wants.

      One could argue that most cars would be fine with an 4 gallon gas tank because most cars get 25 mpg, so 4 gallons of gas would take them 100 miles. Since the average commute is only 37 miles, that’s plenty, right?

      Wrong. Try selling a car with a 4 gallon tank and see how far you get. Personally, although Hyundai has done an outstanding job engineering the Ioniq from a technical point of view, I think most people will be disappointed that the electric car has “only” 110 miles of range. If it costs roughly the same as the Chevy Bolt (which it probably will), that will be a problem.