The production of the original Hyundai Ioniq is coming to an end. Next month, Hyundai's plant in Ulsan, South Korea, will stop producing the Ioniq. According to Hyundai, there will be no direct replacement to the Ioniq. The Ioniq will be replaced by the Ioniq 6.
Although the Ioniq is not as popular as the Toyota Prius in the market, it is a significant vehicle for Hyundai because, when it was introduced in 2016, it was the world's first automobile to offer three electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric.
The i-oniq concept, which debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as an electric sports hatchback with a range-extending petrol engine, foreshadowed the car. This configuration allowed the concept to travel 120 kilometers on power alone and up to 700 kilometers overall.
The concept was subsequently turned into a manufacturing model with three distinct powerplant options. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor combined to provide 139 horsepower in the Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid model ditched the 1.56 kWh battery in favor of a larger 8.9 kWh unit, allowing for a 47-kilometer electric-only range.
The electric vehicle was dropped in the United States for 2022, however the 2021 model had a 38.3 kWh battery that powered a 134 horsepower and 295 Nm electric motor. The Ioniq Electric had a 274-kilometer EPA-estimated range, which beat out the entry-level Nissan Leaf but fell short of the 417-kilometer Chevrolet Bolt.