Hyundai hopes this is Australia’s 21st century Model T moment.

Until now electric vehicles have been focused on the top end of town with vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron to name a few. But Hyundai hopes to change that with the all-new Ioniq.

As battery technology continues to develop, prices are coming down. But buying an EV is an expensive affair, with only one model priced below $50,000. That’s the pint-sized Renault Zoe which starts at $47,490 (plus on-road costs), which is a lot of money to spend on a city car regardless of powertrain.

Which is where the Ioniq electric enters the picture, undercutting the Renault to claim the title of Australia’s cheapest EV with a starting price of $44,490 (plus on-roads).

So is this the car that will make electric motoring a possibility for the masses, in the same way Ford did with the Model T?

Is it right for me?

The appeal of the Ioniq is that it isn’t a single model but a range of EVs with varying powertrains in the same package. So depending on your need and budget you can choose from the conventional Ioniq hybrid, Ioniq plug-in hybrid or Ioniq electric.

Hyundai Australia has gone a step further by adding the choice of two trim lines - Elite and Premium - for each powertrain.

Source: Drive

December 6, 2018