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I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with the new Hyundai Ioniq Electric this past weekend and thought I'd share my observations.
Although I've spent an inordinate amount of time recently in both the virtual and real EV world trying to catch up from 37 years of ICE worship (more if you count the pre-drivers-license era), I find myself still woefully lacking in pure EV seat time. And now that I'm regularly volunteering at local EV advocacy events it's important I make at least some attempt to be usefully informed on the different models currently available. So I generally jump at the chance to put some hours in anything I can get my hands on.

The Ioniq is a family of three, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and the EV. I drove the EV, or Electric as Hyundai calls it.
There are a great number of online reviews of the car already, so I won't go into great gory detail about the equipment/specs etc. The short story on that is Hyundai is trying to carve a niche for itself in the hybrid/EV world the same way it did in the ICE world, with value. Specifically, offering more standard equipment and better materials for the same money or less than others in the segment. On that front I think they've done well here, the car feels slightly more upmarket inside than its current competitors, the Focus EV, Prius, Volt and Leaf (one could add the e-Golf but it only just trickling in now). In Canada the base price is $35,649 and this includes lots of goodies, electric everything, heated front seats, Apple car play, Android auto, 7" touch-screen and best of all Level 3 DC fast charging (80% recharge in 22 mins). For just $1K more you can also add a heat pump and heated rear seats, which should make for a substantial range improvement in winter conditions. I was driving the Limited version, which principally adds sunroof, leather and adaptive cruise for an additional $4K. That starts to make it a bit pricey, but still not bad for what you get. But at base price this thing has...
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