Update - 3rd February 2020
It’s incredible how fast a new car can change your driving habits. We’re still charging our Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid via a basic three-pin plug while we wait for a charging point, but are studiously topping it up to its maximum 31-mile electric range whenever it drops to single figures.
The recent chilly weather has exposed an irony about its systems though. When it’s cold, the 1.6-litre petrol initially fires up, only switching off once warmed up. However, even on shorter journeys, it quickly cools again, causing the engine to turn itself on once more. Our 61.4mpg average fuel economy so far isn’t bad (and is better than our other household wheels, a VW Up), but we’re hoping that improves.
A busy period of work has meant an absence of longer journeys just yet, but with a half term trip to the Isle of Wight approaching that’s about to change. It also made me wonder – with charging points at ferry points now being fitted, how long will it be before we see charging points on the ferries themselves?
With the arrival of our new Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid to the Company Car Today long-term fleet, it’s no mistake that our car park now encompasses so many battery vehicles in all their forms.
Sales of new hybrid cars rose by 17.1 per cent in 2019, with sales of ‘alternatively-fuelled vehicles’ (ie anything with a battery) taking a record 7.4 per cent market share. That figure is only going to go one way too, something that Hyundai, with its increasing and substantial line-up of hybrid and electric models, is well-positioned to exploit.
We’re looking forward to exploiting the Ioniq’s 30-mile plug-in range as much as possible although we’re relying on charging via a basic three-point plug for the moment (the Ioniq comes with both cables thankfully) as we’re in the process of fitting a charging point. Thankfully, this hasn’t been the hardship we imagined though, proving that our first experience of plug-in motoring is proving easier than we thought it might.
Having said all that though, matching Hyundai’s official 256.8mpg combined average fuel economy, might be something of a challenge. We’ll give it our best shot.