The all-in-one Hyundai Hy­brid

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Hyundai show­cased the elec­tric ver­sion of the Ioniq, its fu­tur­is­tic elec­tric car avail­able as a hy­brid, plug-in hy­brid as well as a full elec­tric ve­hi­cle. The Ioniq is an Elantra-sized car, in length sit­ting be­tween the Verna and the Elantra, is slightly broader than the Elantra but shares the same wheel­base. It is made on a plat­form spe­cially de­vel­oped for elec­tric propul­sion, and can go up to 260km on a sin­gle charge. It can also be 80 per cent charged in un­der half an hour. This makes the Ioniq a prac­ti­cal and an ev­ery­day driver.

The in­te­ri­ors are well fin­ished, sim­i­lar to other Hyundais and the build qual­ity of the car is im­mac­u­late. The in­stru­ment clus­ter is ba­si­cally iden­ti­fi­able as a Hyundai but has a lot of dis­plays re­lat­ing to its elec­tric propul­sion. The car also of­fers a sporty drive ex­pe­ri­ence and with en­ergy re­cu­per­a­tion set to the max­i­mum, it can also be driven with a sin­gle pedal.

The Ioniq though is al­ready on sale in most mar­kets in Europe, North Amer­ica and some mar­kets in Asia too. If Hyundai finds Ioniq suit­able for In­dia, we may see a CKD ver­sion of the ve­hi­cle that will be as­sem­bled in In­dia. This will keep the cost un­der check in this price-sen­si­tive mar­ket.

Hyundai In­dia CEO, YK Koo has also re­vealed that they will launch the first elec­tric car in In­dia next year which is 2019. It is ex­pected that they will launch the Kona SUV first as SUVs are pre­ferred seg­ment of ve­hi­cles in In­dia and are much more pop­u­lar than the sedans.

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