First revealed in South Korea in February 2016 the Ioniq Electric is one of three models under this brand name. There are also a hybrid model and a plugin hybrid model. Even before the car was launched Hyundai had come to the conclusion that the 220kms range was not enough and would be uncompetitive with the GM Bolt, the Tesla Model 3 and the long range LEAF. How the Huyundai Ioniq electric price in Australia is a sharp $44,990.
The Ioniq features paddle shifters on the steering column that give four levels of regenerative braking. Its interior volume is 119.2 cubic feet with a generous cargo area. The Ioniq models are being described as ‘sporty hatchbacks’. Performance in the electric is nothing special but the instant torque gives the vehicle good acceleration from zero. The aerodynamics are excellent with a low drag co-efficiency. There is a seven-inch high-resolution dashboard screen for driver information. Safety features include emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. In a first as far as we are aware Hyundai will offer a full lifetime warranty on the EV battery pack. The Ioniq Electric arrive in Australia December 2018.