I must admit, I was a bit nervous when I realized that I would be testing a full electric vehicle. I have had wonderful experiences with hybrids, but I immediately felt a little pressure wondering what would happen if I did not charge the vehicle properly. Or just how accessible are the charging stations in my city. Nonetheless, I set out on my weekly drive of one of the newest battery-powered automobiles, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
This all-electric vehicle is the Korean automaker’s first battery-electric model. It is currently only available to California residents.
The base trim suggested retail price is $32,500 and it is equipped with standard features such as LED Daytime running lights, proximity door locks, push-button ignition, heated front seats, Bluetooth, HD radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Our test vehicle included the Ultimate Packet with power tilt and side sunroof, Smart Cruise Control with stop and start, lane departure warning and the Infinity Premium Audio 8 speaker system for an additional $3500.
Unlike other hybrids or electric vehicles, the Hyundai Ioniq looks “normal.” Many of the other models are boxy or futuristic in shape and make for an unappealing vehicle. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is available in Ceramic White, Black Noir Pearl, Symphony Air Silver and Electric Blue Metallic.
The Ioniq Electric gets up to 124 miles all-electric range, which is based on a fully charged battery pack with a 28.0-kWh capacity and 136 MPGe.
In honor of Earth Day 2017, Hyundai Motor America launched its new Ioniq Unlimited+ electric vehicle subscription program for California residents. For a fixed payment for a 36-month term, subscribers received the Ioniq Electric, unlimited mileage, electric charging and maintenance. The plans start at $275 per month. This is a major incentive for those in the market for a zero-emission and eco-focused vehicle.
Now, going back to my nervousness. Yes, I did have one mishap in which I did not have a full charge when I started my day. The experience was not a great one, but I would suggest that anyone in the market for an all-electric vehicle be sure to know exactly where the charging stations are in your city and be sure to plug in properly at home. You do not want to get stuck on the side of road waiting for a tow.
Plug in and enjoy the ride.
See pictures below.