Hyundai has raised the bar with the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, one of the most efficient cars on the road. The hybrid model combines the power of a 1.6-liter engine and a 32-kW electric motor, allowing the Hyundai Ioniq to get up to 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway.*
And now that the Hyundai Ioniq reviews are in, we are learning that there’s even more to this model, which is available now as a hybrid but will soon also be available as an electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid.
Green Car Reports salutes the simple design of the Hyundai Ioniq, and they’re also a fan of the improved brake system.
Additionally, Forbes points out that the Ioniq is not only the most fuel-efficient hybrid available in the U.S. but also has the best coefficient of drag in the industry. It’s clear that the Hyundai Ioniq was designed with much more than just efficiency in mind.
The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid is available now, with the electric model and plug-in hybrid model slated for spring and fall. If you’d like to check out the hybrid vehicle, give us a call or pay us a visit any time, here at Gossett Hyundai South.
*EPA estimates for comparison only.
Hyundai was recently named a top green company by Newsweek thanks to the brand’s emphasis on environmental awareness and eco-friendly designs. The Newsweek Green Rankings have been rating the top corporations in the world in relation to their environmental policies since 2009.
According to Hyundai, the list of top green companies in the world are determined by measuring environmental performance using eight areas as indicators of eco-friendliness. These include:
- Energy Use (15%)
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions (15%)
- Water Consumption (15%)
- Waste Generation and Recycling (15%)
- Green Revenue (20%)
- Sustainability Pay Link (10%)
- Sustainability Board Committee (5%)
- Audited Environmental Metrics (5%)
Green revenue represents the environmental and social impact of products during production, consumption, and after use. The sustainability pay link is awarded to companies whose senior executive team has their pay linked with the achievement of environmental goals, while the sustainability board committee score is awarded to companies who have a special committee at the Board of Directors level to oversee green initiatives. Finally, the audited environmental metrics score is given to companies who prove that they accurately measure their green initiatives with a third party.download showbox for pc
“This recognition from Newsweek is a testament to our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint globally,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai will continue to place importance on its eco-friendly Blue Drive® lineup in all segments.”
Hyundai was specially recognized for Hyundai Blue Drive, a special division and range of ecological products and technologies which target fuel efficiency. Overall, Hyundai ranked 200 out of the top 500 companies in the world, with a score just over 50%.
Hybrids are becoming more popular than ever before thanks to some innovative advancements in the industry. Made more efficient and eco-friendly, hybrid models are being offered or researched by most major manufacturers. Here is some information explaining how hybrids work.
According to Edmunds, the most basic explanation is that a hybrid combines a small gasoline engine with an electric motor system. Typically, the electric motor is used at low speeds and supplements power when accelerating, passing, etc. While the first hybrid offered worldwide was the Prius, there are several models now on the market.
A hybrid works by storing electricity in a battery system and then using this power in a motor. This stored power is produced either through an outlet (and used in a plug-in hybrid) or it is made by the engine itself. In some models, the power from the gas engine is split, with some energy going to the wheels, while the other goes to a small generator to produce power for the batteries.
Other intelligent systems in hybrid models include regenerative braking, which uses friction from brakes to produce power, and electricity monitoring systems. You can activate features like some sort of Eco-Mode, use all electricity, or switch on a power “boost” for high-performance designs.
What are the advantages? Hybrids save more fuel, but they also limit emissions and increase performance. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes with standard hybrid and plug-in hybrid designs. Car shoppers interested in the Sonata Hybrid should also see the Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.
2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Current Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
Despite limited refueling infrastructure and low sales of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Hyundai says that hydrogen fuel cell technology is the future of eco-friendly cars. According to todayonline.com, despite Hyundai only selling 273 Tucson fuel cell SUVs since production kicked off in 2013 (and mostly to California and Europe), Mr. Kim Sae Hoon, general manager at Hyundai’s fuel cell engineering design team, points out that the benefits of fuel cell technology are just too numerous to call it quits.
Hoon says that not only is the market for FCVs less competitive than the electric car market (with fewer entries into the segment), but the technology is also more practical. FCVs offer more flexibility to designers, and can be applied to nearly every type of vehicle, from small roadsters to large buses. Additionally, fuel cell technology allows drivers to refuel quickly, offers extended driving ranges, and emits nothing but water vapor.
Hyundai predicts it will take another ten years before prices drop, an accessible refueling infrastructure is established, and wider consumer adoption will begin to take hold. In the meantime, the automaker is committed to continuing its research and development of the technology, in hopes that we will see wider acceptance of the future of eco-friendly driving in the coming years.
Here at Gossett Hyundai, we want to know–what needs to change in order for you to consider purchasing a fuel cell vehicle? Tell us in the comments!