2020 Hyundai Veloster N ETCR
Hyundai is one of the top players in the TCR category of touring car racing. The most popular category in the world of tin tops can be seen in action almost anywhere in the world, including Stateside, and now an electric series seems more tangible than ever. Hyundai released the Veloster N E-TCR to go alongside Cupra’s E-TCR racer. The Hyundai features four electric motors, all in the back, and a 65-kWh battery package.
2019 Hyundai 45 EV Concept
Hyundai didn’t come empty-handed to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Koreans fielded a strong stand that covered a lot of niches, yet it was the 45 EV concept that caught the eye. Believe it or not, back in 1974, Hyundai worked with Giorgetto Giugiaro on the Pony Coupe Concept, a wedge-shaped car that would ultimately inspire the DMC DeLorean.
The year is 2019 and 45 years later, Hyundai is looking back at the Pony Coupe Concept for its most recent prototype, the suggestively-named 45 EV. Well, we’re sure you’ve guessed its purpose by now, but we’ll say it nonetheless: this is Hyundai’s take on what the future holds for autonomous and electric vehicles in terms of exterior and interior design.
Hyundai is Expanding into New Territory and Has Chosen to Build a New Plant in an Unexpected Location
Hyundai has been on a spending spree lately. Recently, the South Korean automaker invested about $250 million in a ride-hailing company, and now, according to a report from Reuters, it is investing $880 million in a plant in Indonesia where it plans to start building electric vehicles.
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
Although Hyundai didn’t offer an SUV until the Terracan was introduced in 2001 (the 1991 Galloper doesn’t really count since it was a rebadged Mitsubishi), the Korean firm now has four different crossovers on offer. The latest to join the family is the Kona, and it’s the company’s first subcompact offering. But more importantly, it’s the first subcompact SUV to get an all-electric version. Unveiled in February 2018, the Kona Electric is the first of its kind on the European market and crosses the pond to the U.S. for 2019.
Much like any other EV or hybrid based on a conventional vehicle, the Kona Electric is very similar to the gasoline-powered Kona. The styling carries over with a few changes inside and out, while the equipment lines remain pretty much the same. It’s the drivetrain that makes a big difference, as the Kona Electric doesn’t use dinosaur juice. What’s more, the Kona Electric comes with impressive performance and range of a crossover that will cost significantly less than the expensive Tesla Model X. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Update 12/12/2018 We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric take at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show. Check them out in the gallery below!
Best Electric Cars of 2018
Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular these days, and manufacturers are responding by pouring in the investment and releasing oodles of new models. As such, competition between EV’s is growing, and 2018 was no exception. But the question is, which of these machines is the “best”? To find out, we lined up the usual suspects up and looked at all the critical specs, including range-per-charge, battery capacity, charge times, interior space, interior tech, and more. Read on to see which EV came out on top!
Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy
The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.
Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq SEMA Ultimate Street Car
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric may not look like a race car, but leave it to Hyundai to create something out of seemingly nothing with the Ioniq Electric 2018 Ultimate Street Car. Developed to defend its 2017 title in the GTE class of the Optima Ultimate Street Car series, this one-off Ioniq Electric isn’t for the faint of heart. It looks the part of a race car. It’s fitted with a number of racing components. Most importantly, it’s the recipient of an electric motor transplant from the Hyundai Kona, giving it the juice to compete against the likes of Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model S P100D. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is scheduled to compete in the last two races of the 2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.
Breaking: An All-Electric Hyundai N Performance Model Will Happen When the Time is Right
Hyundai’s N performance brand will eventually have an electric model within its ranks, so says the company’s engineering chief, Albert Biermann. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, though. For now, the N sub-brand will continue to roll out the i30 N, i30 N Fastback, and Veloster N until 2021. Only then will the company begin entertaining the thought of introducing more advanced N products, one of which, at least according to Biermann, is an electric performance model.
Hyundai Is Going All-In On Crossovers at The New York Auto Show
If you find yourselves in the Big Apple next week for the New York Auto Show, you’ll notice that Hyundai’s booth at the show will have a decidedly crossover and SUV feel to it. That’s the because the Korean automaker is preparing to showcase a number of crossovers and SUVs at the show. Among the models that have been confirmed include the new Santa Fe, a refreshed Tucson, and most importantly an electric version of the Kona crossover.
The Hyundai Kona EV Offers Almost as Much Torque as a 997-Gen Porsche 911 GT3!
The Hyundai Kona Electric is serious business. Not only does it have impressive modern looks, it also has performance credentials to back up its design. Aesthetics notwithstanding, the Kona Electric’s biggest attraction is its performance capability, which amounts to as much as 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.
Hyundai Kona EV Promises Better Range than Chevy Bolt and base Tesla Model 3
Unveiled in June 2017 as the company first subcompact crossover, the Hyundai Kona will get an all-electric drivetrain later this month. The news comes straight from the Korean automaker, which revealed that that the mini SUV based on the i30 platform will be unveiled on February 2018, ahead of a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Kona Electric joins the already available Ioniq Electric and the hydrogen-powered Nexo in the company’s all-electric lineup. The big news is that it will have a range of almost 300 miles on a single charge.
Pops’ Rants: Karma Just Kicked Elon Musk in the Nuts
Another day, another carrot. I just dropped by to tell you that I love karma. Nope, not the Fisker Karma. That karma. The principle that Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. It’s the concept that keeps all life in a perfect balance. And the same concept made Elon Musk look pretty dumb after Hyundai launched the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell SUV at the Consumer Electronics Show. Yup, gotta love karma!
Hyundai Considers Luxury Electric Vehicle For the Genesis Brand
It hasn’t even been a year since Hyundai broke out of the value car market and jumped into the luxury segment with its new Genesis brand. Since then, we’ve seen the new Genesis G90 and, more recently, the Genesis G80. With a mission to differentiate itself from Hyundai and Kia, not to mention its new German competition, the Genesis brand can’t rest for one minute. Each Genesis model has to be different from anything Hyundai and Kia has, and those models need to keep up with the luxury and comfort of the more dominate premium brands out there. With that said, part of Genesis’ strategy is to launch an all-electric vehicle.
The news comes from Senior Vice President, Manfred Fitzgerald, who also said, “We will definitely go as Genesis brand down the road of alternative propulsions, and it is very, very obvious that EV is definitely on the map. I think full electric cars will be the future in the auto industry.”
So far, the G90 and G80 are gasoline-powered models, but word has it the Genesis G80 will also get a diesel engine option as early as next year. Adding in an all-electric drivetrain would certainly diversify the Genesis brand’s methods of propulsion and would help to bring it in-line with other premium brands like Mercedes and BMW. So far, there’s no timeline as to when this new all-electric vehicle will come to be, but it’s in the works, so you can bet you’ll probably see it before the turn of the decade. The real question is – how big will it be? Will it be small like BMW’s i3 five-door hatch? And, to go with that question, what kind of range are we talking here?
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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Hyundai has created a bit of a splash at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show with its Ioniq lineup. It has brought the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in, and more importantly, the Ioniq Electric. The hybrid and plug-in variants use Hyundai’s 1.6-liter, GDI, gasoline engine, but the electric flies down the road with nothing more than a lithium-ion polymer battery and an electric motor. Those looking for all-electric mobility should take the Ioniq into consideration as it does offer a decent range on a full charge. The car itself is a little different on the outside compared to the hybrid and plug-in models, considering its electric nature and all. Aside from that, however, the car offers the same safety and infotainment features as the other models in the Ioniq lineup.
Jochen Sengpiehl, the Vice President of Marketing for Hyundai Motor Europe said, “Ioniq is an important step forward for our brand. We are bringing a unique new approach to e-mobility, with no compromise on design, driving pleasure and connectivity. And we’re making it accessible to more customers, further extending our product line-up.” So, let’s take a look at the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and see just what this vehicle brings to the table and why you should consider it as an alternative to gasoline-powered models.
Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is still about one week away, but most of the auto makers have decided to offer the first details on their line-up ahead of time. Hyundai is taking its turn with the unveiling of the first image and details on the i-oniq Concept - an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending petrol engine. Hyundai said that this concept is showcases "new technology and design which present an impression of the company’s future thinking."
The i-oniq Concept is about 4.4 meters long and offers interior space for four occupants. On the exterior, the concept is defined by gentle feature lines and a muscular surface treatment, as well as a "penthouse roof" and LED headlights.
Under the hood, Hyundai has placed a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder petrol engine that is combined to a lithium ion electric motor which produces 109 HP. In electric-only mode, the i-oniq has a range of 75 miles. With assistance from the petrol engine, it can travel up to 434 miles producing just 45 g/km of CO2 in the process.
All major car manufacturers have started to develop green technologies and whether we are talking about electric vehicles, hybrids or fuel cell technologies all of them are designed to increase efficiency.
Hyundai takes part to the green movement too, as at the 2012 Paris Auto show has announced its strategy to launch a new zero-emissions vehicle by the end of 2012.
The new model is based on the ix35 SUV and sales will begin in December 2012. The company plans to build the ix35 Fuel Cell in 10.000 units by 2015.
The advantage offered by the Fuel Cell system compared with a standard electric system is the increased autonomy, as the Hyundai Fuel Cell range is rated at 365 miles.
Is this what the Hyundai of the future will look like? This concept was designed by Shane Baxley from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. It is called Aebulle ("aebulle" means "cocoon" in Korean) and represents a futuristic three-wheeler vehicle with an electric powertrain and a magnesium frame.
"The main idea was to design a personal vehicle that delivers the mobility and speed of a motorcycle while offering the safety that a cocoon offers a butterfly. The Aebulle is targeted for the Los Angeles region where it would utilize the commuter lanes allowing its occupant a quick commute."
The concept was designed to be powered by compact in-wheel electric motors coupled with lithium batteries stored in the floor of the vehicle. It’s front wheels are connected to separate independent swing arms that allow the Aebulle to glide around corners. The body is made up of an aluminum frame and the "windshield" is made up of aluminum oxynitride glass. The whole top of the three-wheeler lifts up, taking with it the center console and allowing the passenger to make his exit.
Hit the jump to watch a short video portraying the nooks and crannies of this unique transportation device.
Hyundai is jumping on the plug-in hybrid bandwagon and it’s going after the Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt.
If Hyundai does push through with it, its plug-in car, which it expects to roll out by late 2012, is set to give the Prius and the Volt a run for its electricity. According to Hyundai’s research & development president, Yang Woong-Chul, the new plug-in hybrid will be based on a concept car it introduced at the Seoul Motor Show last April : the Blue-Will.
Releasing plug-in hybrids is fast becoming a trend these days with most automakers racing to create their own version lest they get left behind by their contemporaries. Toyota, one of the first companies to release a hybrid car, has said that they plan to release 30,000 plug-in hybrids in 2012. Likewise, the Chevrolet Volt, which will be released at the later stages of 2010, is widely expected to be the car that will jumpstart General Motors’ reinvention.
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