Hyundai IONIQ Electric Sales Catching Up With IONIQ Hybrid

MAR 10 2018 BY MARK KANE 31

Hyundai IONIQ Line-up

Hyundai reached the milestone of 100,000 sales of the IONIQ family that consists of IONIQ Hybrid, IONIQ Electric and IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid versions.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

By the end of January 2018, sales amounted to:

  • IONIQ Hybrid – 73,821
  • IONIQ Electric – 24,995
  • IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid – 5,531
  • Total: 104,347

We are not surprised that the hybrid sells better, but what is interesting is that the all-electric version is catching up with hybrid.

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid to Electric sales was:

  • 2016: 21,480 to 5,715 (3.8:1)
  • 2017: 48,128 to 17,321 (2.8:1)
  • January 2018: 4,213 to to 1,959 (2.2:1)

Because the all-electric version still isn’t available in sufficient volume, the ratio between the Electric and Hybrid should continue to improve.

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On the other side, the plug-in hybrid version, the most expensive one, is seeing accelerating sales too:

  • 2016: 7
  • 2017: 4,472
  • January 2018: 1,052

Because the IONIQ family is targeted against the Toyota Prius, just imagine how well an all-electric Prius would sell if only the Japanese manufacturer would make one.

Source: Push EVs

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EV Driver

Can’t get the electric here in Phoenix, but we’d like to see it here. What’s the problem?

Steven

Same in Pennsylvania.
I went into a local dealership, and basically said that if they could get the IONIQ BEV, I’d write them a check.
In speaking to the General Manager, I found out the sales reps are instructed to play dumb about the BEV, as if it doesn’t exist, and because it’s a compliance car, I shouldn’t expect to see in in Pennsylvania, ever.

Tom

And Kia. Test drove a Niro hybrid. No PHEV in stock yet. Will probably pull the trigger on the PHEV in the next 90 days but might have to wait for delivery. These along with the other new models are going to quickly accelerate Kia/Hyundai sales worldwide

Will

Try the clarity phev. Its a wonderful car. 47 electric range, 290 gas range. Mid size car for 5

Tom

Nope.
1. I love small wagons. I’ve had 3 in the last 18 years. 2001 Hyundai Elantr Wagon, 2003 VW Jetta Wagon, 2009 Audi A3 wagon. I’m through for good with VW. The Niro is like a slightly lifted A3 or Golf Wagon. The beauty of that A3 was it’s design both overall look and the interior. Audi interior layout is second to none. Or it WAS. Kia/Hyundai hired Audi chief designer. The new Kias have almost exactly the layout of an Audi. Little things like the radio knobs that click click click firmly.
2. The Clarity is more expensive. Not dramatically but still.
3. I don’t like its looks. That’s entirely subjective I realize. See point 1.

Will

Honda is giving me deals 33k for the base and 7500 tax credit on the lease. Non carb state so no extra rebates

Will

Yeah the back is ugly but im driving in the front so i dont care. Wagons are nice but Niro Phev is not available where im at, and its too big. Put the voltec powertrain in buick regal tourx wagon and im buying it

Tom

Ummm…have you seen a Niro? The Buick you mention is waaaaayyyyyy bigger than a Niro. The Niro is approximately the size of an A3 wagon.

Will

@Tom Niro is higher off the ground. Im 5.3 so i need to get in comfortable

Joe

Tax credit only works with purchase, not leases.

Mark.ca

They absolutely do! You just don’t get it directly but normally the discount will be applied to the lease unless the dealer or manufacturer want a piece of it…which will be your cue to try another.

Will

Thanks mark. People like to talk what they dont know

Joe

Obviouslly the credit physically still exists. The way op mentioned it, made it seem like they thought they could claim if on their own. Rarely does a dealership get an $xx.xx incentive and want to pay foward all $xx.xx. Was just looking out for anyone that wasn’t sure on this.

I have a Clarity and love it, but if you want a wagon, it definitely isn’t the right car 🙂

I am glad to see so many more PHEVs and BEVs coming to market soon.

Will

What type of clarity do you have, the base or touring? Is the price very reasonable?

Davek

I’ve test driven the Niro PHEV in Germany and really liked it! It is a bit bigger than an A3, but not overly so. All in all a very good car, but it does have some weaknesses to be aware of: the adaptive cruise won’t brake to a stand still, the lane keeping is pretty weak and (a biggie in my opinion) it can’t heat the cabin electrically. Fine if you live in a warm place or mainly drive longer distances in the cold, but if you’re hoping to drive short distances gas free in cold weather, either wear warm clothes or be prepared for a disappointment. I drove about 45km here recently in 5°C weather and used about a litre of gas. Not bad for an ICE, but it should have been zero. Other than that though as I said it’s a very nice car! But if everyone complains to their dealer then maybe the next model year will be a better car 😉

Tom
They have taken the correct approach…the 80/20 approach. 80% of the benefit with 20% of the cost. The heater thing you mentioned adds serious amounts of cost and complexity with only marginal amounts of benefit for the vast majority of driver hours. Also discussion on this site tend to discuss heat pumps and resistive heating and the benefits/downfalls of these. However heat pumps are useless most of the winter where I live where this winter our coldest night was -30F (not Celsius) and average lows at night are about 0F and multiple months where average high is around 20F (-7C). Heat pumps just won’t work and resistive heating is not sufficient under these circumstances especially when driving say 75 MPH down the interstate. Waste heat is required. A note on your MPG. It seems to answer a question I’ve had about this vehicle (not having driven the PHEV yet). The mileage you quote translates to about 105MPG. Since regular hybrid mode gets around high 40s this seems to imply to me that yes the engine starts and provides propulsion/waste heat but the electrical loads are being pulled from the battery which would eliminate parasitic effects on the engine thereby increasing… Read more »
Dan

If it’s just a resistance heater and not a heat pump it costs VERY little to add. It does reduce your range of course. To heat the car with waste heat from the engine it must be warmed up nearly fully which is quite wasteful for a short trip.

I like both the Niro and Ioniq but if there is no electric heat that would be a deal killer for me. I live in the SF bay area so its not so much the heat as the need to defog the windshield.

I understand that the Prius Prime actually has a heat pump for electric heating. (Anyone sure about this?) Unfortunately it is hidious looking (IMHO) and the battery raises the trunk floor a lot.

Will

They need to bring the ioniq out these carb states and mass produce the electric

Tom

They’re working on it. Recent increases in production are helping. Given constrained production where one region or another is going to get shorted, they are wise to short the US. This gives them a 2019/2020 advantage on tax credits in the US.

Will

Better not be only in California because i will write to my congresswoman on restraining consumer buying power

Tom

By region I mean Europe, Asian, US, etc. The vast majority of the Ioniq EV went to Korea (duh) and Europe.

Benz

Although the Hyundai Ionic Electric is indeed is a great EV for many people. I still think that the 40 kWh Nissan Leaf is a better choice.

Think these numbers are global sales/leases. Would be fascinating to see numbers specific to US included in the article. My suspicion is US Hyundai electric (BEV) sales make up less than 5% global sales.

Too bad more Hyundai electric are not available to US, think they would be popular. Many people outside Southern California are interested,

The Hyundai Ioniq is the best selling EV in South Korea. Not just that but the one car makes up for around 60% of the EV market. Basically, Hyundai is pushing the Ioniq Electric hard in South Korea and the rest of the world gets the leftovers that aren’t selling. Hyundai really needs to push up production again and do a better job in serving the rest of the world.

Miggy

In New Zealand the Hyundai IONIQ Electric outsells both the PHEV and Hybrid models 4:1

Miggy

New Zealand Sales to the end of Feb 2018
IONIQ Hybrid – 45
IONIQ Electric – 225
IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid – 8
Total: 278

mzs112000

Where are these things selling at? Supposedly they are on sale in California, but I have never seen one in person.
Maybe they are all going to Norway?

Neal

I bought a Ioniq electric 10 months ago and love it. I test drove the Hybrid at the time and it felt way underpowered.

Those sales totals represent the world as a whole, overall. When you take a look at just our fickle market here in the United States, the story will be quite different.

Impressively low MSRP can be quite appealing, especially as the tax-credits expire. The catch is, some features are left off to achieve that. Then of course, there’s the obsession here with size & power.

Will

Wow, the first GM t.v. ad that have the Bolt and Volt center stage