Different options for different lifestyles.

Learn about the different electrified powertrain options and which best suits your personal lifestyle.

Let's start with the basics.

When you think about electrified vehicles (commonly referred to as EVs), you are probably thinking of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), an automobile that runs purely on electricity and uses a rechargeable battery to power an electric motor. Yet there are actually several types of electrified powertrains available on the market today, like those that combine an electric motor with a conventional internal combustion engine to create a Hybrid. Let's begin with some terms that are frequently used when we talk about electrified powertrains:

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  1. Battery of the Hyundai KONA Electric

    Battery.

    Together with the electric motor, the battery makes up the core of any electric vehicle. Batteries vary in capacity which influences charging times and reaches of a electric vehicles.

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  1. Regenerative braking system charging the batteries of a Hyundai IONIQ hybrid

    Regenerative Braking.

    Regenerative braking systems charge batteries by using the electric motor to slow the car. When decelerating or driving downhill, the generated energy is stored in the battery.

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  1. Hyundai gives you an eight year battery warranty

    Lifespan.

    On average a lithium-ion polymer battery lasts eight to ten years, depending on how much you are driving. Reaching the lifespan doesn’t mean that the battery doesn’t function anymore, but the capacity falls to 70 to 80 percent and the range of the battery begins to decrease. Hyundai electric vehicle batteries are warrantied for 8 years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.

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Which kind of electrified vehicle is right for you?

Three main types of electrified vehicles are available on the market today: Battery Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. There also are mild hybrid vehicles and electrified vehicles powered by fuel cells. Hyundai is currently the only manufacturer to offer all major electrified powertrains in production cars.

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  1. Icon of Hyundai electric vehicles

    Electric (BEV).

    Emission-free driving is possible with electric vehicles. Because their powertrains consist mainly of an electric motor and a battery, they don't require much maintenance. Electric vehicles vary in range, but some batteries last for up to 500 km. You should have a charging station close by if you want to go fully-electric.

  2. Icon of Hyundai hybrid vehicles

    Hybrid (HEV).

    Hybrids combine petrol engines with a supportive electric motor and battery, reducing overall fuel consumption. They are more environment-friendly than traditional cars and you won't have to change any habits. The battery charges by driving and you won't need access to charging stations.

  3. Icon of Hyundai plugin hybrid vehicles

    Plug-in-Hybrid (PHEV).

    A Plug-in-Hybrid offers the best of both worlds. It combines the benefits of an electric vehicle with the flexibility of a hybrid: Drive short distances with electric energy only, but use the high reach of the petrol-engine when you need it.

    Fully-electric.

    Fully-electric vehicles such as the Hyundai KONA Electric and IONIQ Electric don’t use any combustible fuel and driving is emissions-free. Because there is no clutch or gears, costly maintenance is reduced, and acceleration off the line is fast thanks to instant torque. That smooth and fast acceleration makes them a dynamic and exciting drive. Depending on the model, Hyundai offers electric vehicles with a reach from 311 to 484 km.

    The Hyundai electric system in a nutshell

    An EV is the right choice for you if, ...

    the following factors are important to you.

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    1. Icon of CO2 imprint

      You want to drive emission-free.

      Fuel-efficiency is no longer enough for you. You want a car that doesn't even need an exhaust pipe.

    2. Icon of a Hyundai steering wheel

      You are mostly driving short distances.

      Commuting, shopping, and other short trips make up most of your overall driving time.

    3. Icon of electric charging stations

      You have access to charging stations.

      You are willing to install a charging station at home, have one on the street nearby, and/or at your place of employment.

      A Hyundai KONA electric charging on a public stand-alone charging station

      KONA Electric.

      Versatile and very fun to drive, the all-new Kona Electric is the first electric compact SUV in Europe. This ground-breaking car combines impressive electric driving range with bold and roomy SUV style – no compromises.

      The Hunydai IONIQ driving on a hillside

      IONIQ Electric.

      Never stop for petrol again. Producing zero tailpipe emissions while providing a thrilling driving experience, the new IONIQ Electric gives you an all-electric driving range of 311 km on a single charge.*

      Hybrid.

      A Hybrid, or Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), is equipped with both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Depending on the driving situation, cars like the KONA Hybrid switch seamlessly between the electric motor and the conventional engine, sometimes utilising both at the same time. A regenerative braking system charges the battery by using the electric motor to decelerate the vehicle and recuperate energy. This stored energy then powers the electric motor to support the engine in acceleration, reducing fuel consumption as well as CO2 emissions.

      The powertrain of a Hyundai Hybrid vehicle like KONA Hybrid or IONIQ Hybrid

      A Hybrid is the right choice for you if, ...

      the following factors are important to you.

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      1. Icon of costs

        You want to save fuel.

        It's better for the environment, it saves money at the petrol station. And it makes you feel good.

      2. Icon of battery power

        You drive longer distances.

        Whether you live in a rural area or take frequent road trips, the Hybrid gives you the flexibility you need.

      3. Icon of no available charging stations

        You have no charging stations available.

        The Hybrid battery charges automatically while you are driving. You will never have to plug it in anywhere.

        Hyundai ONIQ standing in a sundown

        IONIQ Hybrid.

        Taking world-class fuel efficiency to the next level, the new IONIQ Hybrid is equipped with both a petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor. Regenerative braking charges the battery, so you don’t have to.

        The Hyundai KONA Electric in a mountainside

        KONA Hybrid.

        The all-new KONA Hybrid uses electric power to help you go farther on a litre of petrol. All without you having to charge a battery or change your driving habits. Its petrol engine and electric motor work together to deliver excellent fuel economy and lower emissions.

        Plug-in-Hybrid.

        A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) like the IONIQ Plug-in, gives you the best of both worlds. Electric when you want it. Petrol when you need it. Plug-in Hybrids have a larger battery (though not as large as a fully-electric vehicle's) on board, which can be recharged by plugging it in. And once the electric-only range is depleted, you can plug into a charging station – or just continue on with the petrol engine. The IONIQ Plug-in then operates as expected on a full hybrid drive system. Compared to a regular hybrid, plug-in hybrids provide a longer electric-only range, meaning that for shorter journeys you may not need to consume any fuel at all!

        The powertrain of a Hyundai Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

        A plug-in hybrid is the right choice for you if, ...

        the following factors are important to you.

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        1. Icon of carbon footprint

          You want to drive emission-free during short trips.

          Emissions are a major concern for you, and you want to do everything to reduce your carbon footprint.

        2. Icon of battery power

          You also need flexibility.

          Maybe you live in a rural area, or you frequently drive long distances without being able to charge.

        3. Icon of electric charging stations

          You have access to charging stations.

          You are willing to install a charging station at home, have one on the street nearby, and/or at your place of employment.

          The Hyundai IONIQ standing in front of a beautiful coastal village

          IONIQ Plug-in.

          Enjoy the best of both worlds. The new IONIQ Plug-in gives you some benefits of an electric vehicle – plus the flexibility of a hybrid with its petrol engine.

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          Electric Awaits. Next Awaits.

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