Alongside the Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. has also unveiled the fully electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq, a year after it made its local debut. Just like the Ioniq hybrid, the Ioniq electric aims to be the most affordable in its segment whilst offering reasonable electric driving range.
The Hyundai Ioniq is Hyundai’s first-ever dedicated hybrid/EV vehicle designed to rival the Toyota Prius family of hybrids. The Ioniq is offered in three distinct flavors globally: the hybrid, the plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the one that was launched here at the 2019 MIAS, the full electric model. To separate the Ioniq hybrid from the Ioniq electric, Hyundai’s designers removed the grille, or at least its openings, and replaces it with a large single silver panel shaped like a grille. At the back, there’s, of course, the lack of an exhaust pipe, and the same silver treatment has also been applied to the rear bumper. Apart from these small changes, the Ioniq maintains its wedge shape for optimized aerodynamics.
Minimal changes have also been made inside, the most noticeable being the removal of the mechanical gear lever for one that uses buttons instead, just like in the Kona Electric. Like the Ioniq hybrid, designers have focused on the theme of “Purified High-Tech”, a design that’s expressed through a clutter-free interior design. Some of the materials used are eco-friendly plastics, while silver trim pieces give off a modern vibe inside the Ioniq. Drivers are given the privilege of an electronically adjustable driver’s seat, while a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system provides electric vehicle animations, information, and entertainment for the occupants.
Under the hood of the Ioniq hybrid is an electric motor that produces 120 hp and 295 Nm of torque. Just like all electric vehicles, peak torque is available at just 0 rpm, giving it extremely brisk acceleration. A 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery enables the Ioniq electric to have an all-electric range of 200 kilometers in a single charge.
With two punches aimed straight at Nissan Philippines Inc., whose aim is to launch the Nissan Leaf in 2020, Hyundai became the first to push for the introduction of electric vehicles into the mainstream automotive market by giving it an accessible price of P1,868,000.