The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has gotten a lot of accolades from early reviewers, including from us. A new press release from the UK reports that an expert panel has now served up a prestigious award to the car as well. Fleet News chose the IONIQ Electric as the “Best Plug-in Car (0g/km)” for fleets.
Hyundai seems to have really earned this award (even if it didn’t win CleanTechnica‘s 2017 Car of the Year Award) and is developing a name for itself in the world of future mobility. The company actually won a second award as well — “Green Manufacturer of the Year.”
“Hyundai Motor has been named Green Manufacturer of the Year and producer of the Best Plug in Car (0g/km), highlighting the brand and its model range as the stand-out environmentally-friendly option for fleet operators,” the press release stated.
The group notes Hyundai Motor’s work to employ eco-friendly practices in its work while providing cost-competitive motoring options to fleet operators.
The panel of expert judges consisted of fleet managers, leasing companies, pricing guides, and Fleet News. The group applauded Hyundai Motor’s environmental considerations in much of what the manufacturer does. These efforts include:
- Investing heavily in low-emission technologies
- Running greener plants with zero-emission paint shops
- Using recycled materials for the IONIQ’s interior
“Hyundai Motor also impressed the expert panel with its end-of-life vehicle environmental considerations, such as recycling exterior plastic for use in less visible parts of new cars like wheel guards and underbody coverings,” Hyundai writes.
“Launched in 2016, the IONIQ Electric offers best-in-class service, maintenance and repair costs, with the lowest prices at both the 3yr/30,000-mile and 5yr/50,000-mile points. Boasting the lowest BIK rates means company car drivers can access the capable car from £405 per year – just £33.75 per month (at the current 7% rate). This, combined with a range of 174 miles and recharging times of just 33 minutes when charged to 80% battery, ensures that the IONIQ is set apart from the rest.
As we noted before but may have been lost in the broader excitement of the “Year of the EV,” the IONIQ is “the first car to be available with three electrified powertrains.” In other words, it’s the first model from any manufacturer to be available as a conventional hybrid, as a plug-in hybrid, and as a fully electric car.
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