2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV Will Feature 110 Mile Range

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The upcoming 2017 Hyundai Ioniq electric car will feature a range of about 110 miles per charge, according to an engineer at the company by the name of Kim Choong. “110 mile range” in this case refers to the expected US EPA rating.

The model will be using what is essentially the same 28 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery as that used in the Kia Soul electric vehicle (EV), which only possesses a range of about 93 miles — which goes to show how much of a difference body shape makes with regard to overall range (the Soul has a very blocky design).

Hyundai IONIQ

The news has reportedly been verified by the Automotive News reporter Hans Greimel, who was in attendance at the 2017 Ioniq reveal in Korea.

Green Car Reports provides more:

As electric-car range moves above the 100-mile mark in EPA ratings, one of the more interesting models to watch will be the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Can the slimmer, sleeker Ioniq Electric match or beat the latest 2016 Nissan Leaf, rated at 107 miles?

…A year or so from now, the Ioniq Electric will join the latest Leaf and also an updated 2017 BMW i3 with ranges over 100 miles. Of course, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been promised to deliver a 200-mile rating, which will reset the bar — as will the Tesla Model 3, also with a 200-mile promise, that is to be unveiled on March 31.

Other details about the Ioniq Electric that emerged from the debut include paddle shifters that let drivers choose from one of four levels of regenerative braking. That feature pioneered on the low-volume Cadillac ELR, and was extended to the 2016 Chevy Volt; it will also be used on the Bolt EV. The same effect can be achieved in the Nissan Leaf by shifting into the “B” or low range, which increases regeneration. The BMW i3, on the other hand, comes standard with regenerative braking that’s strong enough to bring the car to a complete stop when the driver lifts off the accelerator.

The company is reportedly aiming to eclipse the fuel economy of the Toyota Prius, thereby taking the top position in that regard. The Hyundai Ioniq will be offered in Hybrid, EV, and also plug-in hybrid (PHEV), versions.

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13 thoughts on “2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV Will Feature 110 Mile Range

  • After 250 or so miles of range (maybe 200?), customers will be able to stop talking about battery capacity and will be able to focus on other differentiators. Until then, the EV with the most range will be significantly more attractive.

    • I for one consider charging speed and availability more important than range, but ultimately everything boils down to $$.

      • You are correct. Really, charging speed, availability, range, and overall performance will all have to be better than ICE options for EVs to truly go mainstream.

  • Another question about this vehicle is, how available will it be to consumers? Is this going to be more like a compliance vehicle or a real marketplace car?

    • The KIA Soul electric vehicle, produced by another Korean car company, exceeded 10,000 units sold in January and was mostly sold in Europe with 3,853 sold in Germany.

      I don’t know what this means for the Hyundai IONIQ, but perhaps it will follow a similar pattern.

      • That is a very encouraging stat for the Kia Soul EV, are you saying their annual production of this vehicle is over 100,000? Sad that those sales aren’t in North America (sad for me) but great to hear they ARE being produced and sold in significant numbers.

      • That is a very encouraging stat for the Kia Soul EV, are you saying their annual production of this vehicle is over 100,000? Sad that those sales aren’t in North America (sad for me) but great to hear they ARE being produced and sold in significant numbers.

        • Unfortunately it took them from the middle of 2014 to the start of this year to get to the 10,000 point, but I guess it is possible that now they are producing 10,000 a year if they have stepped up production. (I presume you meant 10,000 and not 100,000.)

          And I feel your pain. Tragically, the KIA website in Australia doesn’t even acknowledge that electric versions exist.

          • I misinterpreted “reached 10,000 sales in January”, I optimistically read it as 10,000 in january alone or 10,000/month. That’s why I was surprised if Kia was making over 100,000/year because as far as I knew no manufacturer other than BYD in China was actually creating significant numbers like that. Thanks for the clarification.

            Sadly, that is why we are many many more years away from significant EV sales. By 2020 we will be lucky if both Tesla and GM are producing 500,000/year and 1/mil per year sales is still a pittance compared to overall vehicle sales.

  • When available, how much?

  • Offering the same model in basic hybrid, PHEV, and BEV versions shows a company that can’t make up its mind. The BEV Ioniq is a year behind the Leaf in range, and the sales network is much less good. Hyundai have a chance to make it into the new era, but they will have to come off the fence.

    • Any PHEV can be turned into a BEV by putting in a bigger battery.

      The names may be confusing though, the sedan version of VW Polo is not called Polo.

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