In January I wrote about Hyundai’s plans for a plug-in hybrid addition to its lineup. At the New York International Auto Show today, Hyundai unveiled three vehicles for the U.S. market: the Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric models. The Ioniq eco-focused vehicle is the first in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform. Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning, said the following of the new models:
Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market. With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles.
The Ioniq Electric, which uses no gasoline and is powered 100% by a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, has a range of approximately 110 miles. The electric motor has an estimated maximum output of 88 kW (120 horsepower) and 215 lb.-ft. of torque through a single-speed reduction gear transmission. The Ioniq Electric has an estimated 125 MPGe rating.