Check out how far Electric vehicles have come : Hyundai Ioniq

February 03 2020
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Hyundai would seem to be on an eco-friendly mission, with their Ioniq model being launched in three versions; HEV, BEV, and PHEV. Before you start working on the facts and figures regarding the various advantages of the respective vehicles, it could be wise to qualify exactly what they are and which one is best suited to your particular needs!

Briefly, the Hyundai Ioniq HEV is a conventional gas-electric hybrid electric vehicle while the BEV is a completely battery generated-electric car. The third option in the range is the PHEV, translated into a Plug-in HEV, able to be independently charged with an initial electric range of generally between 20 and 50 kilometres. This information is relevant due to the fact that historically within this industry; the Ioniq will be available and offered in all three degrees of electrification. By comparison, various rival models are offered in one of the categories, relatively few in two options, but three is unique!

Electrifying your needs

Your decision regarding choice will naturally be based on personal circumstances and requirements; such as saving on fuel costs, in which case, enjoy calculating your return-on-investment equations. Apart from the vehicle’s variable price factor, also to be considered are the four applicable and determined levels of energy efficiency. There are also electrified-vehicle incentives that may vary by the province as well as be influenced by the degree of electrification. On this note, the HEV and PHEV batteries rate 1.56 and 8.9 kWh respectively.

Ioniq model versatility

Versatility is an important aspect of any industry, and the Hyundai Ioniq definitely provides for this. The mechanical components related to the HEV and PHEV; include the completely new and highly efficient 1.6-litre Atkinson-cycle “Kappa” engine. This is combined with a six-speed DCT automatic dual-clutch. In the HEV and PHEV versions, the gas engine offers 104 horsepower, linked with 32 and 45 kW electric motors in the HEV and PHEV respectively. In turn, the BEV version boasts an 88 kW electric motor with a single-speed transmission.

The HEV and PHEV version of the Hyundai Ioniq are also fitted with a multi-link rear suspension, compared to the simpler torsion-beam rear end of the BEV designed to allow space for its 28 kWh battery. Information related to fuel consumption available to date, indicates the base HEV Blue at 4.1 litres/100 km combined, other HEV versions 4.4, and the BEV 1.7 L/100 km equivalent. The HEV Blue and the BEV 1.7 versions are claimed to be best in their class.