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FOCUS ON: HYUNDAI

It’s an exciting time for the brand, with a big EV push underway

Hyundai has been at the forefront of the move to EV transport, becoming the first brand to offer the same model in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric form when it launched the Ioniq in 2016.

The Ioniq continues to be sold as a stand-alone model in all three powertrains despite the arrival of the Ioniq 5 (see Star Car, right), and the move to Ioniq being used as a brand name for the company’s latest EVs.

But the Ioniq, which completed a hat-trick of Company Car Today CCT100 PHEV of the Year award wins in 2021, is just one strand of a full powertrain offering from the Korean brand.

 

ELECTRIC

✪ STAR CAR 

HYUNDAI IONIQ 5

WHAT IS IT?

Hyundai’s new nameplate for premium brand-rivalling electric cars. The Ioniq 5 hatchback is the first of at least three EVs (see Coming Next, below).

WHAT’S THE LINE-UP LIKE

There are three power levels, including an all-wheel-drive range-topper, and a choice of three trim levels.

HOW QUICK IS IT?

The top-spec 305hp model will cover the 0-62mph dash in a touch over five seconds.

WHATS THE RANGE?

The larger-battery car can do up to 239 miles, while the official maximum for the smaller battery is 168.

IS IT TAX-EFFICIENT?

Indeed – like all zero-emission vehicles it’s in the 1% BiK band for this year, which means a 40% tax payer will have a bill of £15 per month.

ANYTHING ELSE?

Hyundai is targeting the likes of the BMW i4, Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3 with a car that’s larger than the impression given by its hatchback styling.Green Focus - November 2021 - Star car

 

The Kona crossover was Hyundai’s second electric vehicle, and one that has grabbed the attention of the fleet world in a number of cases, including a 180-car deal with Police Scotland. The Kona (pictured above), which has a range figure of up to 300 miles with the larger of its two batteries, is also available as a hybrid model, but has found considerable popularity in full electric form, and was facelifted at the beginning of 2021.

HYBRID AND PHEV

The Kona isn’t Hyundai’s only hybrid model though, with both the new Tucson and revised Santa Fe SUVs offering plug-in and ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrains.

Indeed, both models also ditched diesel altogether, with the 265hp PHEV giving the Tucson a 31g/km emissions figure, rising to 37g/km for the larger Santa Fe. In lieu of diesel, both also have a 230hp hybrid option, and the Tucson also offers a 150hp petrol choice.

MILD HYBRID

Even the non-electrified models are getting some assistance from an electrical system, with Hyundai’s 48V mild-hybrid set-up being slotted into the i20, i30 and new Bayon crossover models. While the system won’t ever drive the car in isolation, it brings small efficiency gains through supporting the petrol or, in the i30’s case, diesel engine.

HYDROGEN

Hyundai is one of two manufacturers at the forefront of moves into hydrogen power with the Nexo small SUV. Although not a volume area and a car that Hyundai fleet boss Tim White said is “reactive rather than proactive”, he also told Company Car Today earlier this year that the brand is having conversations about hydrogen on a monthly basis.

COMING NEXT…

The Ioniq nameplate will expand with a pair of new models – the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7.

The Ioniq 6 is due in mid-2022, and will be a saloon based on the Hyundai Prophecy concept car (pictured) that was built for the 2020 Geneva motor show, an event that was cancelled due to the pandemic. The car finally made its public bow at the Munich motor show last September. It is likely to share powertrains with the Ioniq 5, although the possibility of a slightly larger battery has been mooted, with more detailed expected in the next few months.Green Focus - November 2021 - Coming Next.

The Ioniq 7 will follow in 2024, and is said to be a mid-sized SUV.