Kez Casey | Jun 2, 2016

Hyundai has announced that by 2018 it will have an electric vehicle capable of travelling up to 320 kilometres on a single charge.

That vehicle will arrive just two years after the Ioniq EV goes on sale, touting a maximum range of 250km.

Hyundai Ioniq (in hybrid guise)
Hyundai Ioniq (in hybrid guise)

The announcement was made by Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director of electric, hybrid, and fuel cell development.

That 320 km range will see the upgraded electric vehicle able to comfortably out-travel the current 170km range of the Nissan Leaf, whilst matching the claimed maximum range of the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

Hyundai won’t rest there however, with another battery range boost promised for 2020, bringing maximum range up to 400km from a single charge.

2012 Hyundai i-oniq concept
2012 Hyundai i-oniq concept

Currently Hyundai’s green vehicle range is built around the Ionic, which will be available as a regular hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV, but Hyundai is yet to confirm if the Ioniq, or another vehicle will benefit from the electric range step-ups.

When the Ioniq launches in Australia in the second half of this year the hybrid version is a certainly for Australia, while Hyundai evaluates the business case for both the plug-in hybrid, and the EV variants.

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