Slowly but surely, Hyundai steps even more in the word of alternative powertrains, and by the looks of it, they know what they are doing. One model, three different powertrains, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric. We just covered the Ioniq Hybrid model, and soon enough there is more than enough info on the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric. While there is not too much difference in appearance from the hybrid model there are still some.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Design
First of all, when there is no need for engine cooling, we can have a unique grille, which is now clean, sleek surface. The rest of the body is same with Xenon headlights and LED rear lights. But LED headlights are available. We must not forget that with fluent and sleek styling new Ioniq has 0.24 drag coefficient. While Hybrid has 15- or 17-inch wheels, the electric model has only one set. Those are unique 16-inch alloy eco-spoke wheels.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Interior
The interior also is not too much different as the exterior. But instead of hybrid’s 4.2-inch, an electric version of Ioniq comes with 7-inch LCD instrument cluster standard. Center touchscreen is the same as on hybrid version, with 7-inch standard or 8-inch optional with navigation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with phonebook transfer, but for Ioniq Electric there is also special smartphone app named Connected Drive. Infinity audio system and wireless device charging are optional.
Rear seat headroom could be in demand for taller persons if the buyer opts for the sunroof. But between front seats, there is more room. This was achieved by shift-by-wire push-button drive selector free of mechanical linkage. Also on the center console, there is electronic parking brake, which saves precious space.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Powertrain
The sole powertrain of 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is an 88-kW electric motor which translates to 118 horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque. FWD is the only layout while the motor is mated to single-speed reduction gear transmission. Which sparks an interest why does Ioniq Electric has paddle shifters? That’s right, behind the sporty, flat-bottom steering wheel this hatchback has paddle shifters. Obviously, there are not for shifting gears. Their purpose is the ability for the driver to choose between four levels of regenerative braking. The left paddle increases capture of energy while right one decreases it. All-electric Ioniq has EPA estimate of 136 MPGe rating. And with 28-kWh li-ion battery, Ioniq’s range is approximately 128 miles per full charge. Ioniq has faster charging but nevertheless, some would say that is low, even less when compared with Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 238 miles. But 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is $7.000 cheaper.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – Price
That’s right. Ioniq Electric has a fairly low starting price of $30.335, and $835 destination charge is included. And when Federal Tax Credit of up to $7.500 takes place, this model can be purchased for $22.835. This price can be lowered even more, but only if the buyer is from Colorado. This state has $5.000 rebate coming to a total price of $17.835. So, if the buyer doesn’t travel 200 miles on a regular daily basis, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is the obvious choice. If he does and doesn’t want Chevrolet Bolt or Tesla, Hyundai will certainly install bigger batteries pack in the near future. Ionic Electric will be available in April this year.