This year has seen the unveiling of several EV’s from different manufacturers and looks like India is finally ready to make the leap to Electric Vehicles. The Korean manufacturer, Hyundai has brought its Ioniq EV and the Ioniq Hybrid to the Auto Expo 2018. From the looks of it, the Ioniq looks more like a concept car than a production car right now.
The defining design element on the new car is the high raised boot. Another important aspect worth noting is the fact that the EV and the Hybrid are not the same in terms of design, while the EV gets the currently exclusive copper accents, the Hybrid variant gets the blue accents.
The Ioniq EV is powered by an electric motor that produces 120 horsepower and 295Nm of torque, helping the car reach a 0-100 record of 10.2 Seconds on the regular variant and 9.9 seconds in the sports mode. the car has a top speed of 165kmph and a maximum range of 280 km.
In the hybrid variant, the electric motors produce 43 horsepower and 170Nm of torque, powering this motor is a 1.56 kWh battery under the rear seat of the car. The total power output of the car is 139 horsepower and a torque of 265Nm with a top speed of 185kmph.
The Ioniq comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and supports wireless charging for smartphones within the car. There is a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster for infotainment. The car also comes with a few safety features including automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane keep assist and smart cruise control.
Hyundai had initially planned to launch the Hybrid variant of the Ioniq in India, however, with the recent revision in GST rates, the Hybrids have been put in the highest tax slab which made Hyundai back out on their initial plans. While it is not yet confirmed whether Ioniq EV would be made available in India, we do know that the electric variant is under evaluation for a possible launch in India. If at all that happens, it should be only in 2019 or later as the adoption for now is not there because of the unavailability of the options for charging the cars.
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As someone from Pakistan, all the best for the Indian consumers about to see the new Hyuandi electric vehicles. Electric cars finally look like a reality in the sub-continent.