The popularity of electric vehicles is, for the moment, inversely proportional to the media space they receive. That said, that popularity is growing exponentially, and many consumers claim they are at least considering some type of electrified vehicle next time around. Here are two solutions that sit at the midpoint between 100% electric and conventional hybrid vehicles. For those who want an environmentally friendly ride without suffering from dead battery syndrome, otherwise known as range anxiety…
2019 Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
Hyundai was the first manufacturer to offer a green solution in three flavors with the IONIQ. Offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and 100% electric this round-shaped car wants to reach everyone. Built on the same basis as the electric version, the IONIQ Electric Plus incorporates a gasoline engine to extend both the range of this vehicle and its appeal to consumers. While the first two models of IONIQ arrived on the market in 2017, Electric Plus arrived in 2018
Under the hood
A 1.6L 4-cylinder gasoline engine is paired with an 8.9 kWh battery that together provides 164 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. At full charge, the battery alone can give you around 47 km of range on a sunny summer day, with no wind. Hyundai says that combined gas/electric range is around 1,000 km. Our week behind the wheel gave us average fuel consumption between 4L and 4.5L/100 km.