Innovating with alternative fuels – 2016 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Motor presents the world’s first vehicle platform that makes low- or zero-emission travel a reality at an affordable price

Consumers and manufacturers worry about gas-guzzling motors spewing out carbon emissions — but there are alternatives. After years of research, design and development, Hyundai Motor has produced the world’s first car to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains: the Hyundai Ioniq.

The car brings low- or zero-emission travel to the general public at an affordable price, inserting cutting-edge technology into road cars while maintaining comfort and convenience. Moreover, Hyundai has developed and announced Project Ioniq, a long-term research and development group based in Hyundai headquarters focused on improving the freedom of mobility.

“Ioniq is an important step forward for our brand in Europe,” said Jochen Sengpiehl, vice-president of marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe, as he heralded the arrival of the new range of cars. “It brings a unique new approach to e-mobility, with no compromise on great design, driving pleasure and new connectivity features. And we’re making it accessible to more customers.”

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The new Ioniq range comprises three separate vehicles: hybrid, plug-in and electric models, each offering different attributes for consumers and commuters. Its sporty hatchback-style shape echoes those of more traditionally-powered cars, while the vehicle’s engineering ensures safety and reliability.

The plug-in model’s 8.9kWh lithium-ion polymer battery ensures a range of 50kms of pure electric driving when fully charged, while bringing emissions down to a fraction of most non-electric vehicles. As well as a spacious interior that can accommodate large pieces of luggage alongside passengers, a range of safety features — including smart cruise control, lane changing assistance and autonomous emergency braking.

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For Hyundai, the Ioniq is just the first step towards innovating with alternative fuel sources: “We will continue to make technological strides in various areas to bring freedom and convenience in mobility for our customers with ever-improved mobility,” says Woong-chul Yang, vice-chairman and head of the Hyundai R&D Centre. Watch this space.

Underneath the bonnet

What powers the Ioniq range? Groundbreaking technology throughout

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Innovation never stands still, and allows vehicle manufacturers to provide consumer comfort with a climate conscience. Hyundai Motor have developed the world’s first car model offering three different electrified powertrains, all of which include significant technological innovations and engineering that rivals the best petrol-diesel vehicles.

Both the Ioniq hybrid and plug-in models feature a Kappa 1j6 GDI four-cylinder, direct injection petrol engine producing 105PS and 147Nm of torque. The Ioniq electric boasts a 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery capable of powering the vehicle over a range of more than 280kms.

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The interior looks neat

The torque on the electric model is even higher than the hybrid and plug-in cars, offering 295Nm with a maximum output of 88kW.

The Ioniq hybrid and plug-in both have the classic design features that distinguish a Hyundai from competitors: a hexagonal grille that immediately identifies it out on the road, and sleek curves resulting from years of design research. The Ioniq electric does away with the hexagonal grille, not needing a system to cool its motor, and instead has a smooth surface.

Drivers now are more aware than ever of the environmental impact of their journeys, and here the Ioniq range outperforms its competitors. The Ioniq hybrid has C02 emissions as low as 79g/km, while the Ioniq plug-in boasts an ultra-low level of targeted C02 emissions of 32g/km.

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Engineers have trimmed 13kgs from the weight of the Ioniq, and lowered the position of the battery to maintain a low centre of gravity, improving driver control behind the wheel. The car is eco-friendly, with biometallic paint extracted from soybean oil, plastic made from volcanic stone, and fabrics produced from by-products of sugar cane.

SPECIFICATIONS


Hyundai Ioniq electric

hyundai-ioniq-electric-5Power: 88kW (120ps)
Battery: 28kWh lithium-ion polymer
Range: 280kms, all electric
Charge time: 23mins, up to 80% (100kW), 30 mins (50kW) (DC fast charging)
Max speed: 165km/h

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