Company is looking to battle the Toyota Prius.
Toyota recently made a strategic investment into Uber but that hasn't stopped Hyundai from wanting to get a piece of the ridesharing action.
According to Autocar, the Korean automaker is looking at an assortment of incentives which would make the company's Ioniq more appealing to Uber drivers. As Hyundai’s Ki Sang Lee explained, “Toyota is well established in the U.K. and much of Europe when it comes to taxi services, we realize that. However, we think that by offering something slightly different we could benefit." Lee went on to say the Ioniq EV has plenty of advantages over the Toyota Prius so it could be an ideal vehicle for ridesharing services such as Uber.
Hyundai's eco-car boss went on to say the company is considering having talks with city governments about developing a charging infrastructure. Lee says developing an expansive charging infrastructure themselves would be too expensive but hinted if a city would split the costs 50/50 then maybe something could be worked out.
The Ioniq Electric has a 28 kilowatt hour battery which powers an electric motor that develops 117 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in 9.9 seconds before topping out at 166 km/h (103 mph). Hyundai claims the car can travel up to 280 km (174 miles) on a single charge in the United Kingdom, but it's North American estimate is significantly lower at around 177 km (110 miles).