Hyundai Ioniq EV Expected to Have 110-Mile Range in US

Hyundai is shooting to get 110 miles of all electric range for the Ioniq EV.

The all-electric Ioniq, which will arrive in the U.S. this year after the standard hybrid version, is taking aim right at other battery-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus EV, while the hybrid model will come in two trim levels, and is looking to one-up the Toyota Prius in terms of combined fuel economy. That means you can expect the Ioniq to top 52 mpg combined for the standard model and over 56 mpg combined for the eco-minded model.

First seen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the the Ioniq Electric uses a 28 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery pack. Total output for the electric motor is 118 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque, driving the car up to a top speed of 102 mph.

According to a report by Automotive News, the Ioniq features a few unique wrinkles that are designed to make the EV engaging to drive and achieve long ranges on a fully charged battery. For starters, the car has paddle shifters that adjust the level of regenerative braking. There are four levels of regenerative braking ranging from a quick slowdown to a coasting level that would be well suited for highway travelling.

Additionally, the Ioniq EV will feature a navigation system that will route destinations based on how efficient they will be. It will factor in hills, turns, traffic signals, traffic and speed limits in order to preserve battery life.

Like the Prius, the Ioniq will also feature a unique gear-shifter. Instead of a stick, the Ioniq will use a futuristic dial-pad, with a padded wrist rest like a mousepad.

You’ll also have an easy time identifying the Ioniq EV from its hybrid counterpart. There’s no grille on the EV, instead there’s a grey bezeled shield.

We will get full US specific information later this week when the Ioniq debuts at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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[Source: Automotive News]