Hyundai, the South-Korean autogiant, has announced the name of its first electric compact vehicle. The new vehicle is named Hyundai Ioniq, which would be available with electric, plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid, or gasoline/electric hybrid powertrains. It is for the first time that three powertrain options would be offered in a single body type. Hyundai Ioniq would have its world premiere in Korea in January 2016.
Woong-Chul Yang,Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center said, “Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles, so we are proud to advance our eco-friendly car line-up with the introduction of IONIQ. Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with a variety of powertrain options to suit customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design or driving enjoyment. IONIQ embodies Hyundai Motor’s vision to shift the automotive paradigm and future mobility; IONIQ is the fruit of our efforts to become the leader in the global green car market.” Just so you know, the Ioniq is due to be shown at the Geneva International Motor Show, followed by the New York Auto Show, both in March 2016.
The name Ioniq references elements of its creation. An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the car’s clever combination of electrified powertrains. The second part of the name references the unique offering it brings to the Hyundai range. Finally, the Q is depicted in the car’s logo as a visual breakthrough, acknowledging the fresh new approach of this advanced, low-emission model. Based on an exclusive new platform, made specifically for the car’s multi-powertrain options, the IONIQ chassis is optimised to deliver responsive handling. 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 fuel-efficient energy with battery power obtained by charging the car with electricity, boosting its range while cutting its emissions. Finally, the hybrid (HEV) utilizes the petrol engine and motion of the car to charge the on-board battery.