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Hyundai Gives in, Jacks up the Ioniq’s Range for 2018


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.

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