One of the most efficient electric cars in the world says goodbye forever

Sooner or later, all stories come to an end. Also that of the original Hyundai Ioniq. The South Korean firm has announced that next July the production of the electric Hyundai Ioniq will ceasewhich was one of the most efficient electric cars on the market.

The Hyundai Ioniq was one of the oldest electric cars for sale. In a market where electrical developments are happening at a dizzying pace, its performance has been overshadowed by other models, starting with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and its 800-volt electrical system.

Hence, Hyundai has decided cease production of the original Ioniq after six years ever since they started making it. The Hyundai Ioniq will not have a direct successor, although its legacy goes much further, as the South Korean company has chosen the name Ioniq for the sub-brand that will give birth to its new generation of electric cars.

The Hyundai Ioniq hit the market in 2017 and was made on a platform that was already thinking about electrification: the Ioniq was marketed in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric version. Since last May, the brand’s dealers no longer accept orders for the plug-in versions (pure electric and hybrid PHEV). Given the current situation in the sector, it will be difficult to find units in stock, although it cannot be ruled out.

The efficiency of the electric drive and careful aerodynamics allowed the Ioniq to achieve very low consumption.

As I said before, the features and technology of the electric Ioniq have become obsolete compared to other electric models. Of course, few will be able to match its price/product ratio and, above all, its excellent energy efficiency. Although it was not a car designed with an exclusively electric platform (which, in theory, is not the ideal option), Hyundai put all its efforts into making the Ioniq a show of efficiency.

The electric homologates a consumption of only 13.8 kWh/100 km in WLTP cycle. With such a low figure (which was also reflected in real conditions), it could homologate 311 kilometers of autonomy with a battery of only 38.3 kWh capacity, quite small in today’s terms. To put it in perspective, the battery in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has twice the capacity.

Fuel economy was also a priority on the hybrid versions. The Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDI Hybrid approves a fuel consumption of only 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers. The plug-in hybrid was capable of 52 kilometers in electric mode thanks to a battery with an 8.9 kWh capacity, approving a combined gasoline consumption of 1.1 l/100 km. Both versions declared the same maximum power, 141 CV.

The Ioniq sub-brand will not be orphaned, on the contrary. The electric Ioniq 5 family will soon receive a sportier Ioniq 5 N version. The e-GMP platform will also serve as the basis for a sporty saloon called Ioniq 6 and for the family SUV, the Ioniq 7.

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