Hyundai’s Latest Move Will Change The Brand Forever
With so many automakers starting to focus on electrification, it seems like we’re constantly talking about the future and how the industry will evolve. Just recently, we learned that Porsche is about to reveal a Boxster EV Concept and Mercedes is already embacing electrification hard with the EQ lineup and more recently announcing that the C-Class would carry around a battery and a four-cylinder engine, including in the range-topping AMG C63. It’s not just premium automakers, either, as Toyota is working heavily on its investment in hydrogen technology – like this Hydrogen-powered Corolla race car – and now it looks like Hyundai is killing any and all R&D of internal combustion engines, sealing the fate of the company’s future. Here’s what it really means.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai initially launched the Ioniq as a hybrid car, then as an electric one, and finally as a plug-in hybrid. But, in 2020, the company decided to relaunch it as its sub-brand that will consist of all-electric models only. Fast forward to the present day and we already have a glimpse of its first vehicle, the Ioniq 5 mid-size crossover. Hyundai released three teaser images of the Ioniq, a month before it makes its full-fledged debut.
Hyundai Kona Electric Sets New EV Range Record With 630+ Miles Per Charge
The Hyundai Kona Electric is capable of running for more than 630 miles on a single charge. This is the result of a trial that Hyundai conducted at the Lausitzring track in Germany. The test included three Kona Electric crossovers that traveled 633, 636, and 637 miles without having their batteries recharged. The result exceeded Hyundai’s goal of running the cars for 1,000 km (620 miles).
Hyundai’s Push To Roll out the Ioniq Sub-Brand is a Sign of Automotive Resiliency
As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Hyundai is making good on its goal to keep pushing forward with its pre-COVID-19 plans. One of those plans involves the creation of a new sub-brand that will become the official home of the automaker’s all-electric vehicles. The sub-brand, called Ioniq, will serve as a complement to Hyundai’s other sub-brand, Genesis, and offer battery electric vehicles. Three new all-electric models will serve as the foundation of the new sub-brand. A mid-size crossover EV will arrive first in 2021, followed by a sedan model in 2022 and a large SUV in the early part of 2024. All of this is part of Hyundai’s long game for battery-electric vehicles, which primarily involves selling 560,000 EV models by 2025. If for nothing else, Hyundai’s best-laid plans before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to its knees is still moving along, proving that resiliency is as much a part of Hyundai’s DNA as anything we’ve seen from the automaker in the past.
The Prophecy and 45 Concepts Will Spearhead Hyundai’s Electric Future
Take a step back and look at were was Hyundai 10 or 15 years ago. Since those times, the Koreans have made quite a leap to the level they maintain today. Hyundais are definitely not what they used to be and the future is looking even brighter.
We have good reason to make that statement. Hyundai decided to put the Prophecy and 45 prototypes into production and they’ll both be powered by the brand’s new all-electric architecture.
Hyundai Gas Chambered an Olympic Athlete to Prove Hydrogen Cars are Better for the Environment
Yes, what you’re seeing is a person, on a treadmill, breathing car exhaust as they do their usual training routine. That person is Hyundai Spain’s brand ambassador and an Olympic athlete, and that vehicle is a Hyundai Nexo – a purely hydrogen-powered vehicle that Hyundai says emits absolutely zero emissions. Of course, that’s not exactly true as hydrogen-powered vehicles emit water vapor, but we’ll leave that argument for another time.
The reason this actually works is because as the vehicle breaks down the hydrogen, it creates water vapor. The Nexo, however, also purifies the air it emits, which means that person in the gas bubble is most likely breathing cleaner air than you right now. Weird, huh? As weird as it seems, I should probably point out that you shouldn’t try this at home. Doing this with a normal vehicle will result in a permanent loss of life that you don’t want. And, you probably shouldn’t try it with your own NEXO either, if you happen to own one. The whole point is to prove that the Nexo – and hydrogen-powered vehicles as a whole – are safe for the environment… and people… obviously people.
Oddly enough, hydrogen-fueled vehicles have yet to take off, even in the limited capacity that electric cars have. Where electric cars have long recharge times, a hydrogen vehicle can be refilled in nearly the same amount of time it takes to fill a take of gasoline or diesel. But, there are two downsides, the first being that hydrogen fuel cells don’t tend to work in cold temperatures, and the other being that there is a serious lack of hydrogen fueling stations. For what it’s worth, Hyundai does say that the Nexo can operate in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. For now, enjoy the video, and, as I said before, don’t take this is as some stupid challenge. If you try it and kick the bucket, we’ll be forced to say you fell victim to natural selection.
2020 Hyundai Kona PHEV
Just after we saw spy photographs of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, the internet world provided us with photographs of the new Kona PHEV. The small Hyundai city crossover is already available in its gasoline, diesel, and electric guise. The upcoming PHEV will, most certainly, circle out the offering of the highly successful crossover. Caught on film (well, on an SD card really), somewhere in Germany, the new Hyundai Kona PHEV may even prepare us for the upcoming facelifted version of the same car. Before all of that, we have to get adjusted to the fact that small, classy, and fashion conscious crossovers are selling as hybrids like hotcakes. Just note the Toyota CH-R hybrid. We actually do know that the photographed Kona is a hybrid thanks to an eye witness of the photographer who said that it was filled up at a petrol station, but it drove off completely silent probably on electric power alone. Well, in that case, that makes this an “ear witness”, but what the hell!?
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.
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.
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’s Hydrogen-powered Nexo Has Better Mileage than a Tesla
Korean carmaker Hyundai has been developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles since the early 2000s, with the first test model launched in 2005. It was based on the first-generation ix35/Tucson. The crossover was updated in 2012 and went into production in 2013, becoming the first mass-produced SUV with hydrogen power. It’s been five years since then, and Hyundai is replacing the ix35/Tucson FCEV with the Nexo. Unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the Nexo is the brand’s first fuel cell vehicle built on a dedicated platform and boasts significant performance improvements in every department. And it offers better mileage than a Tesla!
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Sets Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats
Hybrid power is in a weird in-between state at the moment. On one side of the equation, you have insane spaceship-esque performance cars like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder. On the other side, you have calm, cool, collected commuter-mobiles like the Hyundai Ioniq. The question is how do you bridge these two philosophies? Both pair electrification with internal combustion, but the gulf between them seems impassable. Luckily, Hyundai is on the case, having set a new land speed record by going 157.825 mph in a specially modified Ioniq four-door.
“Our engineering team really pushed the limits to set this new segment benchmark while demonstrating the impressive durability of the entire Ioniq vehicle platform,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “We expect this will be the first of many accolades for Ioniq.”
The effort was spearheaded by Hyundai Motor America’s Engineering and Quality Team (U.S.A.! U.S.A.!), which was so impressed with the car’s overall quality when it was first received, it decided to go for a land speed record.
The official record set was for production-based hybrid vehicles, as approved by the FIA. And although the official record is just under 158 mph, the race car actually peaked out at 160.7 mph.
So what’s it take to get an Ioniq going that fast? Read on for the details.
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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show
The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.
There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.
So, without further ado…
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The Hyundai Tucson is probably one of the last cars anybody would associate with land speed records. But, the rules of the game change a little bit anytime hydrogen is involved. Such was the case when the Tucson Fuel Cell claimed the land speed record for a production hydrogen-powered SUV at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed in California. During one of its runs, the Tucson Fuel Cell clocked in a top speed of 94.6 mph to set the record. Considering that the number of eligible SUVs that can supplant this new record is relatively thin, the Tucson Fuel Cell could be holding on to its achievement for some time.
Regardless of its level of difficulty, a record is still a record and Hyundai, for its part, is all too happy to claim it as it gives the Tucson Fuel Cell another achievement to own for itself. But, the new land speed record wasn’t the only thing the Tucson Fuel Cell “owned” during its time at the Soggy Dry Lake Bed. The fuel-cell SUV also showcased a handful of its capabilities, none more impressive than its ability to easily traverse the off-road terrain of the lake bed’s environment.
These abilities certainly bode well for the Tucson Fuel Cell’s appeal, especially in a market like Southern California, which has the highest concentration of hydrogen refueling stations anywhere in the US. Hyundai already has a share in that market, thanks to the number of Tucson Fuel Cell models sold in that area. And, as Hyundai continues to tout the Tucson Fuel Cell’s capabilities, it’s appeal will likely increase to coincide with the state’s rapidly evolving hydrogen infrastructure.
As far as timing is concerned, Hyundai couldn’t have picked a better time to set the land speed record for a production, hydrogen-powered SUV.
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Hyundai’s current 2015 Hyundai Sonata sedan got a rather extensive makeover for the 2015 model year. Its exterior, interior and powertrain were basically all new, though sadly, the hybrid model was left out of the fun like the dorky kid in a schoolyard game of kickball. The analogy grows ever more convincing when looking at the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s odd face. It’s one only its mother could love. But that’s all changed for 2016. It’s like the dork went to summer camp and pumped iron, started fire with his bare hands, and learned how to flirt with the ladies.
The new Sonata Hybrid now enjoys all the same features that made the 2015 Sonata a fantastic car. It’s got the suave looks of a gentleman, an interior that makes luxury offerings from five years ago look like rental cars, and Hyundai’s new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injected four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission that afford some Prius-like fuel economy numbers.
I recently got the chance to sample the new 2016 Sonata Hybrid for a week. It came decked out in the range-topping Limited trim with the exclusive Ultimate Package. Besides a self-driving mode or perhaps a built-in refrigerator, this car seemed to have every bell and whistle imaginable on a modern sedan.
Even with its optional equipment and hybrid drive system, its price didn’t shock the system. At $35,765 as tested, the Sonata Hybrid solidifies itself as a fuel-sipper that thinks it’s a luxury sedan.
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Since the iconic Toyota Prius hatchback launched in 2003, Toyota hasn’t really seen too much in the way of competition with the exception of the Honda Insight and Ford C-Max, and even then, those models probably haven’t cost the automaker too much sleep. With the fourth-gen Prius expected to debut later this year, Hyundai is hard at work coming up with a dedicated hybrid hatchback that can finally give the Prius a run for its money.
Codenamed the “AE HEV,” Hyundai’s new hybrid was recently spotted testing in Germany, and this car – along with its camouflage – doesn’t seem to have changed all that much since the prototype was last seen in January while being transported to the Arctic Circle. Those spy shots gave a unique vantage point of the hybrid’s undercarriage, but this latest round of spy shots shows some up-close details and even a quick shot of the interior.
Some of the more interesting design elements that can be made out from these photographs include horizontal grille slats, blue-tinted headlights and vertically arranged LED running lights. At the rear of the car, we can make out a similar vertical accent in the rear fascia, taillights that are positioned high on the body and what appears to be a big spoiler mounted to the liftgate. Normally, we would think this spoiler was just part of the camo to obscure the sleek shape of the car’s rear end, but the existence of a wide, LED brake light suggests this will be a production item.
It is believed that this new Hyundai model will ride on the same architecture as the next-gen Elantra, and it will pair a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Output is unknown, but to be competitive with the Prius it would almost certainly have to outperform the current Prius’ EPA fuel economy ratings of 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway.
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At the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Hyundai announced plans to become the first global automaker to begin commercial rollout of zero-emissions vehicles. Deliveries on their new ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle will begin in December 2012 and by 2015, the company hopes to have built up to 1,000 units.
The ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle is powered by hydrogen, with a fuel cell stack converting the hydrogen into electricity, which in turn charges the Lithium Polymer battery that powers the vehicle’s electric motor. Other technologies include kinetic energy regeneration system that charges the battery when the driver applies the brakes or drives downhill, plus a start/stop system which helps minimize energy loss in city driving. The only emission generated by the ix35 Fuel Cell is water steam. The ix35 Fuel Cell will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds, can hit a top speed of 100 mph, and can travel 588km (365miles) without refueling.
"The ix35 Fuel Cell is the pinnacle of Hyundai’s advanced engineering and our most powerful commitment to be the industry leader in eco-friendly mobility," said Vice Chairman Woong Chul Yang, head of Hyundai R&D. "Zero-emissions cars are no longer a dream. Our ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle is here today, and ready for commercial use.
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.