The fully electric version of Hyundai’s Ioniq hasn’t even hit dealer lots yet and the automaker is already claiming its 124-mile range isn’t enough.
The Ioniq encompasses hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric variants, but the model already finds itself outclassed by looming competitors boasting big all-electric range.
According to Automotive News, Hyundai will roll out a version of the Ioniq in 2018 with at least 200 miles of electric range. We’ve heard Hyundai promise such a vehicle before, though it didn’t specify the model would simply be a longer-ranged Ioniq.
The “base” electric model should arrive early next year. When the 200-mile version arrives in 2018, it will compete with Chevrolet’s 238-mile Bolt and Tesla’s 215-mile Model 3. Nissan has stated that the next-generation Leaf should also possess a 200-plus mile range, but there’s no timeline for that model’s arrival.[Image: Hyundai]