Price of gasoline is merely a passing curiosity for most owners of electric vehicles.
Gasoline-free, all-electric powered cars have found their way into America’s transportation pipeline with greater mileage range to make today’s electric vehicles (EV) a real-world consideration for the daily commute.
I recently drove the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited that yields the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon on pure electric power and a single charge driving range that reached 155 miles during my week-long test period.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is delivered in Base and Limited models.
Both versions come with push-button start, a 7-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity, automatic temperature control, 6-way height adjustable heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, leather wrapped steering wheel, 7-inch instrument cluster display and rearview camera.
Ioniq Electric makes no sound other than a whispered whine from its 88kW electric motor that generates 218 pound-feet of torque and 118 horsepower for a quiet driving experience in and around town.
The compact Hyundai Ioniq comes belted for five occupants.
Four adults ride comfortably in Ioniq’s passenger compartment with good hip and legroom front to back. Three youngsters in booster seats can also be accommodated on the rear bench.
When unoccupied, the 60/40-split rear seat folds down to expand the cargo bay capacity.
Multiple storage places and cup holders surround the cabin along with good 360-degree visibility for the driver, with the exception of the rear spoiler. Although it aids in aerodynamics, the spoiler obstructs the rearward view as it divides the sloping hatch window in the back of the car.
Ioniq’s 106.3-inch wheelbase affords excellent maneuverability and handling around town, making parking in tight spaces less of a chore.
And because there is no engine or engine sound, an audible beep is heard outside the car to break the silence and advise passersby that the EV is backing up.
Highway road manners are composed with good communication between the steering wheel and pavement. Noticeable road noise filters into the cabin while driving the interstate, however.
Base price for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited is $32,500. Add $850 for destination charge.