Hyundai Ioniq EV launched at NADA Auto Show


Hyundai showcased the Ioniq’s electric version at the NADA Auto Show 2018 being organized at Bhrikutimandap , Kathmandu.

Electric vehicles are set to become big in the very near future and Hyundai wants to give a glimpse of its expertise in the area. The Korean carmaker has brought the Ioniq EV to the Auto Expo 2018, as well as the hybrid version of the car.

The Hyundai Ioniq is a compact five-door liftback manufactured and marketed by Hyundai in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants.The nameplate Ioniq is a portmanteau of ion and unique.

It is available as a plug-in hybrid but among the three, only the all-electric version is being showcased at NADA Auto Show. Globally, the Ioniq electric is offered with a 28kWh lithium-ion battery that takes 9-10 hours to charge from standard sockets. However, the Korean automaker also offers a provision for quick charging, which reduces the charging time to 4-5 hours. On a full charge, the Ioniq is rated to deliver a maximum range of 280km under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

The Ioniq Electric has an 88 kW (120 PS) electric motor with 295 Nm of torque, and can be charged up to 80% in 33 minutes at 50 kW or in 24 minutes at 100 kW with a DC fast charging station.

An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their Ioniq at a regular household outlet but this is recommended only for use in emergencies. The charging plug of the car is located in a position where gas fillers are normally located.The Ioniq features paddle shifters to allow drivers to choose from one of four levels of regenerative braking.

The aerodynamically designed car gets aluminium forged boot lid and hood, which makes it 25 per cent lighter than other Hyundai cars. The rear too, looks interesting with LED combination lights merging with the boot spoiler.

Inside, the Ioniq gets a 7-inch MID instrument cluster and same sized touchscreen unit placed in the center, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Safety features in the Hyundai Ioniq include seven airbags, blind spot detection, autonomous braking, lane change assist and adaptive cruise control.

Laxmi Intercontinental, the authorized dealer of Hyundai automobiles has launched Hyundai Ioniq in Nepali market. The company has opened booking for its electric vehicle with prices set at Rs. 52.96 Lakhs .

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