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A Korean plug-in hybrid made in the spirit of the green approach


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Hyundai has created an entire model family for its alternative-drive compact. Let’s see what the plug-in hybrid version knows, writes Auto-Motor.

In the case of the Ioniq, no alternative drive version was made from an existing type. This model was already designed to be available with three types of powertrains, so the electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions were already available when they were introduced to the market. What all three models have in common is the digestible exterior, as the shape of the Ioniq is quite subdued for the existence of an alternative-powered series – which is why it can be a great success.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
Photo: Hilbert Péter / AUTOMOTOR.HU

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The 1.6-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine works in the plug-in version (with 40% thermal efficiency) as it does in the conventional hybrid, but differs from it in several other ways. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 8.9 kWh instead of 1.56, resulting in 61 horsepower electric motors instead of 44 – extra power is essential for the car to be able to run purely electrically.

The interior of the Ioniq is quite simple to be a connector hybrid. Navigation is standard
Photo: Hilbert Péter / AUTOMOTOR.HU

Nonetheless, the system output remains unchanged at 141 horsepower, which shows that the new Hyundai is not the opposite of the muscular models in the segment, but rather the economy-tuned Toyota Prius Plug-in. Although we could not reproduce the electric range of 63 kilometers, we were able to do 50 kilometers electrically without saving on heating. Speaking of tempering: there is also a “driver only” function, when heating is only active with the driver, you can gain valuable kilometers.

The battery was charged from the charging station in 2 hours and 40 minutes
Photo: Hilbert Péter / AUTOMOTOR.HU

The 61-horsepower electric motor moves the car with adequate dynamics in the city; Lightning charging is not available like other plug-in hybrids, the battery pack was fully charged from a public charging column in 2 hours and 40 minutes. From a home 230 V mains approx. The maximum level can be reached in 4 and a half hours. If you run out of battery and use the car as a normal hybrid, it quickly becomes apparent that unlike many outlet models, it can stay frugal. It does not ask for more than 5.0-5.5 liters on motorways, and the on-board display shows values ​​below 5.0 liters in city traffic. With this range and economy, the plug-in Prius has got a very serious opponent.

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid performs excellently as both an electric car and a hybrid
Photo: Hilbert Péter / AUTOMOTOR.HU

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