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Hyundai i-oniq: Extended-Range Electric Concept, Due Geneva

 
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Hyundai i-oniq Concept

Hyundai i-oniq Concept

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Korean automaker Hyundai has revealed the first image of an electric concept due to hit the show stands at Geneva next week.

Rather than a pure battery-electric vehicle though, the "i-oniq" concept uses a gasoline range-extending engine to keep the vehicle moving when the batteries die.

The i-oniq looks like being more efficient than larger range-extended vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Fisker Karma though.

Its relatively small size means only a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine is required to generate power, and lithium-ion batteries power a 108-horsepower electric motor. In electric mode alone, range is 74.5 miles, and with assistance from the engine that figure rises to 435 miles.

CO2 emissions are only 45 grams per kilometer, or 72.4 g/mi. That's enough to even undercut vehicles like the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In.

It's a stylish beast too, representing Hyundai's new-found design confidence. Expensive-looking chrome accents highlight the front grille and the sides of the car, and the multiple-spoked wheels have dark and light highlights. Unlike Hyundai's current sports hatchback, the Veloster, it's also mercifully gimmick-free - no asymmetrical doors here.

The interior is said to be high-technology and luxurious, a "lounge-style space" with sculptured surfaces inspired by musical instruments - we'll wait until we've seen it to pass judgement on that.

The i-oniq concept will debut on March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. For more information from Geneva, check out our dedicated show page.

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  1. I think that these hybrids are going to be in for the shock of their lives when that 300 mile range battery for electrics come out in a couple of months - yes, I said a couple of months, not years - and send all the hybrids into the car grave yard. Nissan is already bragging about the Leaf not using a drop of gas and eliminating range and price anxiety. That sounds really good if you want to break the chains at the pump.
     
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  2. I am so ready to buy a reasonably priced, stylish EV. This one might even do it, although it is still holding on to its "gasser" heritage.
     
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  3. Extended range EVs make a lot of practical sense. Especialy for those in single car houaeholds.
     
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