For the first six years of electric cars, from 2011-2016 you had a variety of more or less mass price cars with ranges from 60 to 207 miles. This year in 2017 we got the Chevy bowl TV at 238 miles. But there's a new competitor as well. This is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq electric; it's one of three models in the Ioniq lineup including a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. But this one's the battery electric version and it has a range rating from the EPA 124 mile, that's the highest of any battery electric car that isn't a Tesla or bowl TV. And the Ioniq electric may offer an answer to the question of how much range is enough if ranges under a hundred miles aren't. All Ionics Arlo conventionally styled hightailed hatchbacks, but the battery powered Ioniq difference from the hybrids in several ways. The hybrids grill has been replaced by a blanking panel to distinguish the electric car visually for Ioniq with combustion engines.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Interior
Inside, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq replace the conventional shift and parking brake levers on the tunnel with a set of buttons and a controller for the dashboard display. The battery pack however it's under the rear seat, between the rear wheels, and under the load big. Rather than under the cabin floor as in a Nissan Leaf that's a design decision that lowers the car, but cuts into cargo volume and rear-seat header which suits only shorter adults. On the books the ionic Electric has more passenger and cargo volume than the Chevy bowl TV or the Nissan Leaf. but both of those cars are tall, but more upright seating and more Headroom front and rear. Not surprisingly the electric is the nicest of the three ionic models to drive. It smoothest and quietest and it has no direct clutch transmission whose quick shifts need to be buffered by the electric motor.
The all-electric versions 28 kilowatt hour battery, pack powers an 88 kilowatt electric motor driving the front wheels. The blending between regenerative and friction brakes is excellent and has standard paddles, to increase or decrease the degree of regeneration. The onboard charger is rated at 6.6 kilowatts, for full level 2 recharging time. About four hours. The electric Ioniq also comes with standard DC fast charging capability using the CCS stand. And it can fast charge it up to a hundred kilowatts, that's higher than any non tesla electric car, including the bowl TV. That gives the Ioniq a certain amount of future proofing to be able to use higher speed fast charging stations in the years to come. So about that hundred and twenty-four miles of range Hyundai has repeatedly suggested that the energy efficiency of electric cars is just as important as they're rated range and miles.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Range and MPG
Indeed the electric ioniq rating of a 136 MPG is higher than that of any other car in the US this year including every other car with a plug. Less than 50 miles of mixed driving, we got four-point-oh to 5.8 miles of range for kilowatt-hour that's efficient indeed. The challenge is that even the least efficient plug-in electric car uses energy more efficiently than any car with an engine and no plug. It’s unclear if electric car shoppers care about how efficiently their electrons are used. we'll find out, two trim levels and five exterior colors are offered, but the Ioniq electrics interior comes only in black the optional can interior on the hybrid ionic isn't available. Electric models will arrive at dealers in California starting in April 2017, with a handful of other states to follow. Sunday stresses however that the electric ionic will be available as a special order in every single state .overall we enjoyed our limited time in the all-electric Ioniq. it adds a strong and efficient new competitor to the field of electric cars under 200 miles of range. How much electric range will prove to be enough, to boost sales of electric cars remains to be determined.
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