Hyundai has launched an updated version of its Ioniq, with improvements across the Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Electric models – in particular the latter.
The Ioniq Electric now features a significantly larger battery capacity, up to 38.3 kWh from the out-going model’s 28 kWh. This allows Hyundai to quote a range of 182 miles – an expected figure based on WLTP regulations. The on-board charger has also been improved from 6.6 kW to 7.2 kW, and it is capable of charging at 100 kW on a CCS DC rapid charger.
A key new feature is the addition of Hyundai Blue Link, the company’s connected vehicle system that allows drivers to remotely start and stop the car, lock/unlock it, and pre-condition the Ioniq from a smartphone app. Battery charge updates can also be viewed and scheduled, bringing the Ioniq Electric in line with connected systems from rival models.
An improved interior features a new 10.25-inch infotainment system available over the standard 7-inch unit, a modified centre console, and different interior trim colours liven up the cabin. A comprehensive suite of safety systems is also included, and the Ioniq Electric can be driven on a single pedal, thanks to Smart Regenerative Braking. This uses the same system as that found in the Kona Electric.