Hyundai presents the Ioniq Electric, with a (disappointing) 169 km range

Hyundai has made the headlines with a car that offers 3 different powertrains in the same body : hybrid, hybrid plugin and full electric. It is the Ioniq. But only the hybrid had been presented so far. Now the Korean brand has released images and information on the Ioniq Electric. But it has disappointed the ones that were expecting a really challenging electric vehicle, such as the Chevrolet Bolt. While the GM competitor presents a range of 320 km, the new Hyundai can reach… 169 km. Practically half of the one Bolt offers.

The new Ioniq Electric uses a 28 kWh battery sourced by LG and a 88 kW electric engine. Hyundai claims it has a top speed of 150 km/h. With such figures, critics say the only chance the Ioniq Electric will have to be cheaper than its opponents in order to succeed. Sales in Europe will start in the middle of this year and in the USA in August.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.