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Pure Electric Mobility! 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is part of the automaker’s eco-focused Ioniq line-up. Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers. The Ioniq Electric conveys a unique front perspective: without a need for extensive powertrain cooling, the grille is a sleek, clean surface. The Electric model also features HID Xenon headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light and LED tail lamps with a unique pattern and identity for the rear view, as well as unique 16-inch eco-spoke alloy wheels.

The Ioniq Electric offers pure electric mobility with a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery for an estimated driving range of 124 miles. The electric motor is mated to a single-speed reduction-gear automatic transmission. The powertrain components were designed to be compact and highly efficient. Power for the Electric, is generated by a permanent magnet synchronous motor whose parts were optimized by reducing the thickness of core components by up to ten percent and adopting rectangular-section copper wire to decrease core and copper loss.

Hyundai uses a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for all Ioniq models which is 20 percent lighter than non-polymer lithium-ion batteries and can be shaped more optimally to the interior than standard cell format batteries. This also provides lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency, and outstanding maximum output.

All Ioniq Electric models are equipped with standard Level-3 DC fast-charging capability. Charging the Ioniq Electric’s lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 percent only takes approximately 23 minutes using a SAE Combo Level-3 DC, 100 kW fast charger. An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their Ioniq using a standard household electric socket.
Both efficient packaging and a low center of gravity were taken into consideration as the battery system is located underneath the rear seats so that the passenger cabin and cargo area is uncompromised in the Ioniq Electric, offering occupants a generous total interior volume.

Inside the passenger cabin, the interior of Ioniq captures the model’s futuristic qualities, with a ‘Purified High-tech’ design concept. A smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme and efficient use of interior space complements a logical, structured approach applied to the layout of controls for intuitive operation. Materials for the interior were chosen with an ecologically-sensitive focus and are used to create a simple and clean look throughout the car, giving the interior a sleek, light and purified feel.

The driver and passenger of the Electric model will also notice that there is more room between the front seats. This is achieved via a shift-by-wire push-button drive selector free of mechanical linkage. The Ioniq also features an electronic parking brake (EPB), conserving space in the center console.

A key characteristic of the Ioniq is its innovative use of recycled or ecologically-sensitive materials. The interior door covers are made of plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone while providing the same quality appearance of typical plastic-based materials. The softer, more natural feel is achieved along with less reliance on oil-based products. This approach extends to other areas of the car as well. Raw materials extracted from sugar cane are partly applied on the headliner and carpet. Paint with renewable ingredients extracted from soybean oil is used to achieve lustrous metallic colors on key components.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 106.3; overall length: 176.0; width: 71.7; height: 57.1
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 88kW Interior- Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electric Motor – 118 hp/215 lb-ft of torque; Lithium-ion Polymer battery – 360 V, 28.0 kWh.
Transmission: single-speed reduction gear
EPA Fuel Economy: 136 MPGe
Cargo capacity: 23.0 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability management system, electronic stability control, traction control system, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlight control, proximity key entry with push button engine start, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Blue Link Telematics system, and tire pressure monitoring system.

Optional safety equipment includes: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, dynamic bending light, smart cruise control, high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, HomeLink universal transceiver, and navigation system.

Basic: 5-year/60,000 mile
Powertrain: 10-year/100,000 mile
Corrosion: 7-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/unlimited 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric starts from $29,500. Destination charges add $885.

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