First pictures: Ioniq 5 – Hyundai’s radical EV
Hyundai has unveiled the first model in its new Ioniq range of electric vehicles, with the Ioniq 5 crossover due in the UK this summer, and to be followed by the Ioniq 6 saloon and Ioniq 7 large SUV over the next 18 months.
The Inoiq 5 will come with a choice of two batteries, either the standard 58kWh or the long range 73kWh, and both will have the choice of either rear- or four- wheel drive.
Hyundai is yet to release full specifications, but confirmed that the two-wheel drive Ioniq 5 with the bigger battery will have a range figure of just under 300 miles.
Citroen adds Berlingo to expanding plug-in portfolio
Citroen will add an electric Berlingo to its line up late this year, with the e-Berlingo offering an official range of up to 174 miles from its 50kWh battery.
The model will be available in Medium and XL body lengths and in five- or seven-seat configurations.
“New e-Berlingo brings them an extra dose of serenity in their everyday lives with a seamless and silent drive, the satisfaction of preserving air quality, and a controlled motoring budget,” said Citroen product and strategy director Laurence Hansen. “These are strong expectations of this type of customer and highly strategic in this segment, as high-volume body types are particularly limited in terms of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. We are proud that Berlingo, the first leisure activity vehicle, ranks among the first to offer this alternative.”
AFP releases EV mythbuster document
The Association of Fleet Professionals has released a new mythbusting document designed to tackle common company car driver misconceptions about electric vehicles.
Available for members to download from the AFP website, the document tackles all the basic questions associated to moving to electric vehicles for the first time.
“EVs are being introduced apace in many organisations and fleet managers are finding that potential drivers have a lot of questions about them, some of which they can easily answer and some of which require a little more thought,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick. “As with any emerging technology moving into the mainstream, there are many misconceptions around EVs and part of the process of electrifying any fleet will be helping drivers to understand how these vehicles work and the kinds of differences that exist when compared to the petrol and diesel cars that they have been using for years.”