Hyundai IONIQ Electric To Hit Showrooms In April, PHEV IONIQ In Q4 2017

3 months ago by Eric Loveday 28

Previous Hyundai IONIQ Lineup Release Schedule For U.S. – Note: Hyundai Released This Image In January 2017

At a media event in Santa Barbara, California, Hyundai execs announced that the IONIQ Electric will hit U.S. showrooms this April. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid version of IONIQ will be in dealerships in Q4 2017.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Is One Of Several Plug-In Hyundais Coming Soon

Despite previous reports (including ours with intel from Mike O’Brien, vice president-product planning for Hyundai Motor America) stating that the IONIQ Electric would be in dealerships as early as this week, it seems April is now when we’ll see the first IONIQ Electric sales in the U.S.

These conflicting reports could well come from the fact that there are three variants of one model. Indeed, one variant did hit dealerships this week in the U.S. That’s the IONIQ Hybrid variant, which doesn’t plug in, so it’s of no interest to us.

The updated timeline for sales of 124-Mile IONIQ Electric that’s priced from $29,500 in the U.S. is now sometime in April, as confirmed by Hyundai execs at the media event. That’s at least a slight delay from the promised “coming this winter” stance taken by Hyundai back in January 2017. The new note should be “coming this spring.”

As for the PHEV version of IONIQ, it’s perhaps a bit pushed back too as Q4 2017 and coming “summer” don’t necessarily line up either. Furthermore, we’re told that the PHEV IONIQ is still only in prototype form, so perhaps there’s more work than we’d expect still to be done.

Source: Hyundai via Green Car Congress

 

 

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28 responses to "Hyundai IONIQ Electric To Hit Showrooms In April, PHEV IONIQ In Q4 2017"

  1. Brandon says:

    Great car with great utility IMO.

    Nice to see more and more model EVs coming to market. Looking forward to seeing the 200 mile Ioniq and others in a year from now.

    The dawn of long range affordable EVs really looks to be next Spring (2018)

    1. Charlie says:

      More to 2020 but yes: It’s coming! 🙂

  2. WadeTyhon says:

    The Ioniq site does seem to be changed to note “Spring” for the EV and “winter” for the PHEV. So at least they have gotten around to updating that.

    Disappointing to see a delay. I would like to at least test drive the car before ordering a Bolt… so hopefully no more delays.

  3. Kdawg says:

    It will be interesting to see how this plug-in does, being that it’s the first one with a 124 mile range. So now we have the sub-100 mile EVs, the 200+ mile EVs, and now that 125 mile EV.

    1. Mikael says:

      There is not many sub-100 mile EVs left. ~110-120 is the new sub-100.

      Let’s hope these inadequate ranges dies soon. Hopefully 200 will be the new 110-120 soon.

      The Ioniq is almost outdated before it hits the markets.

      1. xman says:

        Its not outdated because it’s in a different price bracket.

      2. DJ says:

        Yes, because everyone needs a 200+ mile car :rollseyes:

        1. acevolt says:

          I think a 200 mile range EV should be the minimum along with DC fast charging. Would anyone buy a gasoline car with an 86 mile range…no way, and gas stations are everywhere. That is the only way for EV’s to go mainstream.

          1. DJ says:

            Some people live in a urban/semi-urban environment and have basically no need for a 200+ mile car.

            If scooters and bikes can work for a bunch of people than why can’t EVs with only 100 miles? Why should they be forced to pay for more battery than they would use?

            Make 200+ mile EVs don’t get me wrong but offer up shorter range ones as well.

        2. AlphaEdge says:

          In 10 years time your today 200 mile range EV will be 100 miles range in cold weather.

      3. SJC says:

        I figure 36 kWh is about right in a car weighing less than 3000 pounds. If you can get a solid 120 mile range at a good price point it could sell.

  4. unlucky says:

    That’s unfortunate. Better later than never though.

  5. Evan says:

    Dealerships in Massachusetts here are still telling me that they have all-electric vehicles arriving this month. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

    1. Steven says:

      In PA, they’re following the SWAT rule. (Sell What’s Available Today)
      They told me they have “No official word on unreleased models.”

  6. Kendall says:

    I wonder if the massive strike at Hyundai a few months back contributed to the delay?

  7. DJ says:

    Taking a page out of Mitsubishi’s playbook I see…

  8. where is the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in? This was a 2016 model. I called dealer. No one knows.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Of interest, some where actually sold/delivered in January.

      (yes I realize the monthly plug-in scorecard has not yet been updated…its was only like a couple dozen, so we’ll get to it in a couple days, once we tally the worldwide number)

      It actually started production on time/schedule (Nov 28), but Chrysler (and a bunch of other OEMs) got into inventory issues on other models, and decided to extend Christmas shutdowns (up to 3 weeks).

      The result was that a rogue truck or two got out with plug-i Pacifica Hybrids on them, so a smattering of cars (both to orders and dealer stock) arrived in mid-January.

      The next “wave” of re-started factory production (located in Windsor, Ontario) got going ~January 15th, and got coded to ship out a few days later…which generally translates into about ~30 days to arrive.

      Long story short…dealers know nothing – don’t ever speak to them, lol But give it another week or so and you will start to see them, (=

      1. Thanks for the great detailed info! Much appreciated.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          No problemo, (=

    2. Spoonman. says:

      Local Chrysler dealer told me they were getting trained on it this month. This is near Allentown, PA.

  9. SparkEV says:

    Apr is good time to release a car. It’s when people get their tax money back from the government, and feel the need to spend it. Ioniq EV might break the record for all time highest first month release!

    1. evnow says:

      Ioniq will not be “pushed” i.e. Hyundai and dealers will not actually try to sell them. If someone is interested and wants to pay MSRP and wait for 2 months, they can hassle their local dealer to order one.

      This translates to FFE or Soul EV type sales figures.

  10. sam says:

    It the Ioniq supposed to be nationwide release or the usual California first, then CARB then everyone else…. never.

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      Nationwide.

  11. Lou says:

    Sam:
    I read that Hyundai will allow anyone from any US location to order the car. However, looks like they are not going to PUSH the car outside of the usual suspects… Hope that I am misinformed.

  12. jim stack says:

    They also have a lifetime battery warranty. Yes it’s only for the original owner and yes it doesn’t include a capacity limit but their batteries are backroom guaranteed for 80% capacity and I have seen zero loss in 3 years of Phoenix AZ heat with our sister design the KIA SOUL EV.

    1. John Hollenberg says:

      What the heck is “backroom guaranteed”? A guarantee that is not a guarantee?

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