Thursday 20 July 2017

Three-in-one as Hyundai takes electric, plug-in hybrid route

Porsche's Mission E is a fully electric four-seater with a 300-mile range.
Porsche's Mission E is a fully electric four-seater with a 300-mile range.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Hyundai is to unleash a trio of powertrains next month to rival existing electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrids.

Its new IONIQ (sketch is pictured) is viewed as a rival for the Toyota Prius hybrid among others. Its new platform is designed so it can easily accommodate the three powertrains.

And the plug-in element shows how that is now being regarded as such an integral part of the future.

It will be unveiled first in Korea next month and then shown at the Geneva and New York shows.

Meanwhile, Porsche has confirmed its Mission E electric concept car will go into production.

We saw it at Frankfurt last autumn and suspected it would - but now the official decision has been taken.

The 4dr (it has four seats too) will be driven completely by battery power and will have 4WD.

Porsche claims it will be capable of going from a standing start to 100kmh in 3.5 seconds and say it will cover nearly 500km on a single charge.

Its new 800-volt charging system will permit an 80pc boost to the lithium-ion batteries in just 15 minutes.

However, we won't see it until the end of the decade. Like the Tesla Model S that it will rival, the Porsche will have an electric motor on each axle.

Elsewhere, it is disappointing to see so many European marques deciding not to have cars at the Detroit Motor Show next month but there are still quite a few big name debuts lined up.

Mercedes will unveil its new E-Class and Volvo will show its new S90 for the first time. So too will BMW with its M2 (365bhp, turbocharged 3-litre 6cyl) to tackle the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3. We'll hear of many more over the coming weeks.

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