Hyundai to debut first fully electric model in January

By RELAXNEWS | 8 December 2015

SEOUL: Porsche wants to do it. So does Hyundai.

We are referring to electric cars, of course. Set to launch in 2016, the Hyundai Ioniq is Hyundai Motor's first all-electric vehicle, just as the Mission E will be for Porsche.

In addition to the electric model, the new design will also be the first ever car to become available in three power options, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Each model possesses the same body and is equipped with lithium-ion batteries.

The Ioniq chassis is optimised to deliver responsive handling while remaining efficient in each of its three powertrain configurations.

In its fully-electric (EV) form, the  Ioniq is powered by a high capacity, ultra-efficient lithium ion battery. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version combines a fuel-efficient energy with battery power obtained by charging the car with electricity, boosting its range while cutting its emissions. Finally, the hybrid (HEV) uses the gasoline engine and motion of the car to charge the on-board battery, which returns enhanced efficiency by supplementing the engine’s power.

Named after a combination of the words "ion" and "unique", the Hyundai Ioniq will premiere in South Korea in January and will be revealed both at the Geneva International Motor Show and the New York Auto Show in March 2016.

Shown below is the Ioniq Concept which was displayed at the 2013 KL International Motor Show.

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