Hyundai Confirms All Three Versions Of IONIQ Will Be On Sale In U.S. By End Of 2016


Hyundai IONIQ

Hyundai IONIQ

Hyundai IONIQ

Hyundai IONIQ

It’s now clear to us that Hyundai has almost finished development of all three versions (BEV, PHEV and conventional hybrid) of its IONIQ.

In fact, Hyundai North America CEO Dave Zuchowski says that all three versions of the all-new car will be on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2016.

According to Zuchowski, both the hybrid and pure electric versions of the 5-door hatchback will arrive in Q3 of 2016.  First up is the hybrid version, followed by the pure electric approximately one month later.  Last on the schedule is the plug-in hybrid IONIQ, though it too is expected to arrive before 2016 comes to a close.

No real details have been revealed for the BEV or PHEV, so all the info we have for now is linked to the conventional hybrid IONIQ (full details here).

IONIQ went on sale last week in South Korea. It will be sold globally and nationwide in the U.S.

Source: Automotive News

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I’m hoping they at least try to match the Volts 50’ish miles of range in the PHEV. With that, our household could be 90% EV.

And at least the 30 kWh of the new Leaf for the BEV… 40-60 kWh would be even better though.

They will definitely have to have a 60kWh battery to even compare with the Bolt EV. Hopefully performance will be on-par too.

I think this also depends on price. If it’s 5000 euros cheaper with 150 miles EPA range it’s still an interesting proposition.

Oops I said euros that’s a weird foreign currency for most of you. Since I don’t want to alienate you guys and perhaps some girls: I meant 5000 dollars in this case.

If the BEV has 35+ kWh, our Zoe has to start looking for a new owner 😉

(Jeez, buying french was a big step away from Saab/Volvo/BMW which we always bought, and it looks like we could be going Korean soon)

If they are seating 5 instead of 4.5 that could indeed be interesting. In Europe where the Volt 2 is not sold it would be an even bigger change since the VW plug-in Passat GTE is limited to only a 31 miles (NEDC) ev range. About 20 miles real world range. So 50 miles real world ev range would be completely new.

Bolt has set the new benchmark, it’s going to be interesting to see if the BEV version matches its 200 miles of range.

Of course the high output infrastructure to support big battery BEVs like the Bolt doesn’t actually exist nor are there any plans to come up with it so Model 3 remains the only truly exiting upcoming 200 mile EV.

“Model 3 remains the only truly exiting upcoming 200 mile EV.”

Another poster who still believes in the original GF announcements.

Do you know that the GF in Nevada has only 1 instead of 7 buildings? That is just 14% of the planned floor space.

Building 6 additional structures will take years and Tesla doesn’t even have the money on the balance sheet (which means another capital raise even if Panasonic chips in the gull $1.6bn until 2020).

Meanwhile LG Chem is building new plants in Asia and Europe. Samsung, BYD and others will follow if PHEV and EV demand is there. There isn’t much difference.

What’s that, Tesla is not going to do 300K units a year right of the bat? Oh no!

“Of course the high output infrastructure to support big battery BEVs like the Bolt doesn’t actually exist nor are there any plans to come up with it”
The CCS network is expanding, and their have been plans by other SAE automakers to increase the number of chargers. Electric utilities are also joining in too.

Here’s a map of the current CCS chargers. Compared to just a year ago, that’s a significant increase.

I think Chris O doesn’t mean 50 kW with ‘high power infrastructure’. And I’m inclined to second that opinion.

As of 2016 50 kW does no longer deserve the title ‘fast charging’.


I’m very torn on the powertrain options.

Hybrid – Cheapest, most flexible, but still uses gas.

PHEV – Very niche (resale difficult), most complex, and probably not quite enough EV for me.

BEV – Most expensive, best to drive, lowest maintenance, terrible resale.

I’m also very interested in interior space. If it’s tiny, that’s a dealbreaker.

I guess that would depend on a couple things.

1) How much do you want to spend/lease?
2) Do you plan to keep it more than ~8 years?
3) What kind of driving pattern do you have?

If you’re worried about the terrible resale value, try re-selling it in a region that doesn’t have any tax refunds.

Saskatchewan for example. Used Leafs go for ~$20k there.

From the looks of it, it’s not very aerodynamic, and BEV will require big battery to rival Bolt’s range. Help me Obi Elon Musk. You’re my only hope.

Frontal area is a majority of aerodynamic drag. The only way this would have worse aerodynamics is to be taller than a Bolt EV (not likely) or significantly wider (also not likely). At worst, this will be as good as the Bolt EV. Small hatchbacks have problems with aerodynamic separation at the rear of the car. This car has a similarly-shaped rump as a Prius. It’s unlikely it will have the rear suction problems hatches do.

Frontal area as well as shape (drag coefficient). I’d like to see smaller battery and lower price for BEV. Throwing kWh at the problem is brute force, but increasing efficiency to extend range is elegant solution. That’s why I hope Tesla doesn’t follow these gas car companies examples.

Even the base Sonata has a 0.25 – not all that different from a model S. Hyundai is known for making very slippery, aerodynamic cars.

You all could have clicked the link to the previous coverage and learned that the announced cD = 0.24. So it’s the same as a Tesla S despite the disadvantage of being much shorter. But it’s also much lighter. According to, “The car is 4,470 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,450 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. The hybrid variant weighs as low as 1,380 kg.”

Nice diagram at

It seems the hybrid only has 32kW electric motor. What are the chances that PHEV has more?

It will be much higher. 32kW is way too small for a car of this size.

The motor seems like the one in the Sonata hybrid and phev. This excerpt from the article below explains it.

“The TMED electric motor (a Hyundai motor) for the PHEV and HEV versions is the same; however, due to its operation with higher voltage (360V in the PHEV vs. 270V in the HEV, the motor in the PHEV outputs 50 kW (67 hp) @ 2,330-3,300 rpm, vs. 38 kW (51 hp) @ 1,770-2,000 rpm in the HEV. Torque output is the same for PHEV and HEV: 205 N·m (151 lb-ft) @ 0-1,1770 rpm.”

So we should expect 50kW from the Ionic PHEV and maybe a similar 9.8kWh battery pack as the Sonata.

great info. thanks

Don’t be too smart on the aerodynamics of this car… it has the same coeficient as the Tesla S… CX = 0,24

They should get Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner to advertise this. The “Ioniq” man and woman. The “electronic-y” sound effect. “We have the technology”. Perfect!

Dear Hyundai,

When you bring the EV to Pennsylvania, give me a call.

You’ve got my number.