While green car publications have been shining the spotlight on both the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt, buyers shouldn’t overlook other alternative fuel vehicles like the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq EV.
Giving the Ioniq EV a leg up over Tesla is its release date and availability. The Ioniq is expected to appear on showroom floors late this year as a 2017 model and the electrified trifecta will be available in every Hyundai dealership, meaning future owners will have a shorter wait time compare to Tesla buyers.
It may not have a 200+ mile range, but the Ioniq EV’s predicted 124 miles can still compete against the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen E-Golf. Hyundai’s done the math and 124 miles on a single charge should be enough to cover the average American’s daily drive. Another benefit of a lower range vehicle is the shorter charging time, in this case it’ll only take four hours and 25 minutes to fully charge the Ioniq EV or 80% in 23 minutes.
As an added incentive, Hyundai is offering lifetime warranty on all of its battery packs in both hybrid and full electric vehicles.
AutoBlog says an Ioniq with more range could be in the works, if this is true it could compete with both the Bolt and Model 3. Maybe we’ll even see a Nissan Leaf type battery upgrade in the future.