ON THE CHARGE

Hyundai launches the Ioniq com­pact elec­tric five-door

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Zero emis­sion mo­tor­ing has just be­come more af­ford­able with Hyundai’s launch of the $44,990 purely elec­tric Ioniq. The five-door lift­back, sim­i­lar in size to Hyundai’s Elantra and i30, claims a “real-world” bat­tery range of 230km and the abil­ity to fastcharge from zero to 80 per cent in 23 min­utes.

The Ioniq Elec­tric’s 88kW/295Nm mo­tor may not match the bal­lis­tic per­for­mance or greater elec­tric range of a Tesla but the sticker price brings elec­tric mo­tor­ing into reach of more Aus­tralian fam­i­lies.

“The 2019 Ioniq makes re­spon­sive and ecofriendly elec­tri­fied driv­ing ac­ces­si­ble to a wide range of cus­tomers and is an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter for our com­pany,” says Hyundai Aus­tralia chief JW Lee.

The Ioniq Elec­tric is now Aus­tralia’s cheapest pure elec­tric car, un­der­cut­ting the far smaller $47,490 Re­nault Zoe. The cheapest Tesla, the Model S 75D, is $146,512 on the road.

As well as fet­tling the ride and han­dling for Aus­tralian con­di­tions, Hyundai Aus­tralia’s team drove the Ioniq Elec­tric over hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres in real world con­di­tions to ar­rive at the 230km range. That meant plenty of ur­ban use with the air­con­di­tion­ing on.

A com­mer­cial 100kW DC fast charg­ing sta­tion will pro­duce the 23-minute re­sult. The fastest way to charge at home is with a 7kW AC sta­tion ($1995 fit­ted in your garage), bring­ing full charge in four hours and 25 min­utes. Via a do­mes­tic 240V AC out­let, it takes 12 hours.

The base Ioniq Elec­tric Elite in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive suite of ac­tive safety gear, rear cam­era and park­ing sen­sors, 16-inch al­loy wheels, eight-inch touch­screen with sat­nav, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, smart key and auto head­lights and wipers.

At $48,990, the Pre­mium ver­sion adds leather heated and ven­ti­lated seats, wire­less phone charg­ing, LED head­lights, front park­ing sen­sors and glass sun­roof.

Buy­ers not sold on the elec­tric revo­lu­tion can buy the Ioniq Hy­brid with a petrol en­gine (77kW/147Nm) and small elec­tric mo­tor (32kW/170Nm) from $33,990.

The Ioniq Plug-in from $40,990 uses the same en­gine but has a 44.5kW elec­tric mo­tor and 8.9kWh Lithium-ion bat­tery for up to 63km of pure-elec­tric mo­tor­ing.

Ini­tial in­ter­est — from fleets, gov­ern­ments and pri­vate buy­ers alike — was chiefly on the fully elec­tric ver­sion. Hyundai an­tic­i­pates it will ac­count for half the model’s sales.

All ver­sions have a five-year/un­lim­ited km war­ranty plus an eight year/160,000km bat­tery war­ranty. An­nual ser­vices for the Hy­brid and Plug-in cost $265 and, given there are so few mov­ing parts, the Elec­tric costs $160.

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