Electric Hyundai IONIQ – Test Drive Notes Plus New Info, 110 Miles Range
Hyundai Motor Company previously announced that it plans to offer two plug-in versions of the Hyundai IONIQ in the United States.
Some brief test drives of the electric version of IONIQ were conducted in South Korea. Automotive News posted a short report of its test drive.
The Electric Hyundai IONIQ test drive proved lively performance with noticeable acceleration and solid handling. The car gives the driver options to control the regenerative braking level and includes an “eco-routing” nav system.
Features found on electric IONIQ:
- One motor, one-clutch setup
- Solid, beveled shield in place of the previous front grille
- Paddle shifters for adjusting 4 levels of regen braking friction
- Fully charged range of 110 miles (which is pretty much exactly what we reported a month ago via info from South Korea – on a 29 kWh battery)
- “Eco-routing” system that chooses the best course to preserve battery life and range
- Futuristic mouse-like button pad for shifting the car into gear
All versions of IONIQ will be assembled at Hyundai’s Ulsan plant in South Korea using batteries from South Korean supplier LG Chem. The standard hybrid will arrive in the U.S. later this year, followed by the all-electric and then the plug-in hybrid.