Hyundai Ioniq to offer choice of electrified powertrain
Hyundai has issued a teaser for an upcoming production model set to debut in 2016, that will be three cars in one build. The Ioinq will be available with a choice of one of three electrified powertrains: a battery-electric, a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid, or a gasoline-electric hybrid.
Although it can lay claim to the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in the Tucson Fuel Cell, the Ioniq will be Hyundai's first battery-electric vehicle. It will also be the first vehicle by any manufacturer to be offered with a choice of three electrified powertrains. Hyundai says the idea behind this is to offer a fuel-efficient vehicle to suit any lifestyle.
The Ioniq takes its name from "ion," the basis of electrical operation, and "unique," with Hyundai saying all the models will feature high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. The fully electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions can be be charged from the grid, while the hybrid (HEV) model's onboard battery will be charged by the car's gasoline engine and the motion of the car.
Otherwise, details for the new Hyundai are currently scant. Hyundai plans to unveil the car in January in its home country of Korea, before taking it to the Geneva International Motor Show followed by a North American debut at the New York Auto Show in March 2016.