2017 Hyundai Ioniq Debuts With Three Variants And is The Most Efficient EPA Certified Car of All Time!

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The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has been revealed to have three variants: ahybrid electric model called the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, an all-electric model called the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and a plug-in hybrid called the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in. The Hyundai Ioniqis anelectric drive mid-size hatchback and was first revealed in South Korea in January 2016 with the three models debuting at the Geneva Auto Show this year. Besides, the Ioniq has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency of having a fuel-economy equivalent of an astonishing136 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe) of 100 km for only 1.7 litres of petrol. These models do not run on petrol or any traditional fuel, being electric vehicles. The MPGe measures the fuel economy of these vehicles against that of conventional internal combustion vehicles.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Specs and Features

The first variant is the hybrid electric model, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The model shares the same powertrain with the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, manufactured by Kia Motors since 2016. The Ioniq Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter HyundaiKappa four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with 40% thermal efficiency capable of delivering 105hp and an estimated 148Nm of torque. This four-cylinder engine has been altered to suit its hybrid application and is combined with a shifting six-speed dual clutch transmission The electric motor of the hybrid vehicle ispowered by alithium-ion polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity. Hyundai Motors has positioned the battery very unobtrusively: under the rear passenger seats. In combination with the 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid offers an estimated total system output of 139bhp and264Nm. Unlike other electric hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius Eco, this vehicle does not have a Lead-Acid battery, resulting in lower weight and improved performance. The car is efficiently built keeping in mind its ‘green’ concept design; this watchdog report states that with higher usage of lightweight components, more compact build, liberal use of aluminium in the hood and tailgate, a reduction of about 12 kg in weight has been achieved, probably the reason for its high MPGe.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Specs and Features

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a range of 200 km and features a28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, resulting in lowered weight. The vehicle sportsan 88kWelectric motor with 295 Nm of torque and can be charged up to 80% in 33 minutes at 50kW or in 24 minutes at 100kW with a DC fast charging station, a feature known as ‘Rapid Charging’, as confirmed by this report. An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their Ioniq at a regular household outlet. The charging plug of the car is located in a position where gas fillers are normally located. This variant has the EPA certified extreme fuel-efficiency equivalentand is themost energy efficient plug-in hybrid in al-electric mode. This model surpassed the BMW i3 to claim this title.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in

The last of the three models, the Ioniq Plug-inhas an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery capable of delivering 50km when driven in an all-electric mode. The Ioniq Plug-in combines a 45kW electric motor and 1.6-L four-cylinder Kappa engine with 40% thermal efficiency capable of delivering a solid 105hp.A combined EPA rating of 125MPGe when in all-electric mode is expected. Unlike other hybrid cars which have a continuouslyvariable transmission, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in has a dual-clutch transmission installed as the hybrid variant. Drivers can select either SPORT or ECO modes in this model: The SPORT function holds lower gears longer and combines power from the engine and electric motor for maximum performance. In ECO mode, the dual-clutch transmission optimises gear selection for efficiency leading to better fuel economy.

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