During last year’s Manila International Auto Show, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) officially launched the 2018 Ioniq hybrid. At the same time, HARI also announced plans to introduce the all-electric Ioniq into the market.
Now with MIAS 2019 in full swing, HARI has officially introduced the fully-electric Ioniq EV into the market alongside the Kona Electric. The Electric is the most advanced version of the Ioniq line. Powering the Ioniq EV is an electric motor which produces 120 PS and 295 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. The batteries are made of lithium-ion polymer delivering 360 volts and come with a capacity of 28kWh. The Ioniq Electric has an estimated max range of 200km on a full charge based on US EPA ratings.
With regard to aesthetics, it looks nearly identical to the stylish and compact Ioniq hybrid launched last year. A visible difference would be the front end which features a ‘closed off’ design on the electric version, rather than Hyundai’s signature grill. At the rear, the bumper has also been replaced and now features a silver cladding. The charging points which pump juice into the battery are located on the front and rear fenders. It also sports a new set of wheels compared to the hybrid model.
Inside, it's the same story as the Ioniq Hybrid. The main difference would be the lack of a gear lever which has been replaced by push-button gear selectors.
Hyundai appears to be stepping up their game by being one of the first major automakers to bring in fully electric vehicles in the market. Hopefully, Philippine infrastructure for electric vehicles will soon be up-to-date for these new, greener vehicles.
Prices for the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq are as follows:
Ioniq 1.6 GLS 6DCT (Hybrid) – Php 1,548,000
Ioniq Electric – Php 1,868,000