The Hyundai IONI 6 EV is one of many fabulous new electric cars being released into the wild with long range, great power and plenty of fun tech features wrapped into a daily driver. The IONIQ 6 has a range of 340 miles, super fast charging capability of 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, and it’s made of sustainable materials to limit emissions and waste.
The IONIQ was inspired by Hyundai’s Prophecy EV concept, and made its North American debut at AutoMobility in Los Angeles in late 2022. It’s a four-door super aerodynamic sedan that is the second Hyundai model to sit on Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform. Additionally, it allows for dual motors, more interior space and optimized performance. IONIQ is part of Hyundai’s planned rollout of 17 BEV models it plans to sell more than 1.8 million of worldwide by 2030. This model goes on sale in the spring of 2023, with pricing still to be announced.
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“We want our cars to always connect with customers on an emotional level,” said SangYup Lee, executive vice president and head of Hyundai Design Center. “Depending on the owner’s lifestyle, the way of using a vehicle will be different, resulting in a different look — much like chess pieces on a board, each one with a distinct look and functionality, but part of the same family. Hyundai designs with diverse lifestyles in mind rather than with a one-style-fits-all approach.”
What does tie Hyundai EV models together is the commitment to living space, “parametric pixels” and sustainability. The IONIQ has massive room compared to older more cramped EVs, the Parametric Pixel, which is a high number of pixels found in the headlamps, sensors, trim details and more, and the sustainable materials used to build the car. The IONIQ has a modular touchscreen dashboard, a center console full of storage space, a 64-color ambient lighting system and pixel lights on the steering wheel that light up when the voice recognition system is activated, which also indicates charging status.
Furthermore, eco-friendly materials were used, including interior trim made of sustainable leather, recycled polyethylene terephthalate fabric, bio thermoplastic polyolefin skin on the dash, bio PET fabric on the headliner, bio paint from vegetable oils used on the doors and a recycled fishing net made into the carpet. The exterior uses recycled pigment paint from end-of-life tires on side cladding and bamboo charcoal pigment paint on the body.
The motors can also be configured either with a rear motor only or with both front and rear motors. The dual motor setup allows for all-wheel drive and a power output of 320 horsepower with 446 pounds-feet of torque. That’s about what you’d get from a smaller BMW sedan, for comparison, which is to say plenty. This gives you a zero to 60 time of under five seconds, which isn’t great acceleration, but more than adequate for most drivers. The rear motor only layout creates 225 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. We’re not sure we would like the acceleration numbers on that model.
The longer range, however, comes from the single motor setup, at 340 miles. The dual-motor AWD setup still gets you 310 miles of range, both more than adequate for commuting or short trips. Charging can come through multiple options, including a fast-charging setup that allows for a 65-mile range boost using a 350 kilowatt fast charger in just five minutes, which we love. The standard on-board charger can complete a full charge in seven hours and 10 minutes using Level 2 charging.
What’s extra cool here is that Hyundai is offering two years of free 30-minute charging sessions to IONIQ 6 owners through Electrify America that supports Kona Electric, IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 owners. Electrify America has a growing network of charging stations with 800 DC fast chargers and 3,500 individual chargers across the U.S. with plans to expand to 1,800 stations comprised of 10,000 individual chargers in the U.S. and Canada by 2026. The IONIQ 6 also allows you to charge electric bikes, scooters or camping equipment, acting as a mobile charger.
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