Hyundai Upgrades Ioniq Electric Powertrain

Hyundai is claiming a range of nearly 200 miles for its all-electric C-segment Ioniq saloon car following an upgrade of electric powertrains for European models.

The all electric version has had its lithium-ion battery pack upgraded from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh, a lift of 36% additional energy storage capacity, resulting in rise in claimed range between charges from 124 miles to more than 182 miles of range under WLTP regulations. Its e-motor delivers a maximum power of 134bhp and 217 ft-lbs of torque and is fitted with a 7.2-kW on-board charger, also upgraded upgrade from the current 6.6-kW item. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, Hyundai claims the battery can reach 80% charge in just 54 minutes.

Meanwhile 2019 hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the car both feature the Kappa 1.6-liter GDI, direct-injection gasoline four-cylinder engine delivering maximum power of 103bhp and 147 Nm of torque. The Ioniq Hybrid’s permanent magnet electric motor delivers 42.9bhp with maximum torque of 125 ft-lbs, powered by a lithium-ion battery with 1.56 kWh capacity positioned under the rear seats.

The plug-in version’s electric motor delivers 59.6bhp with maximum torque of 125 ft-lbs, powered by a 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. In combination with the 1.6-liter GDI engine, both systems output of 139bhp and up to 195 ft-lbs of torque. The hybrid claims to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 75 mph while the plug-in claims a pure electric range of 32 miles.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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