2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid--How Are They Different?


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Electrification is sweeping through the automotive industry, and as you may have noticed, practically every automaker found at Peacock Auto Mall has at least one that relies on a hybrid system. But where the new truck we just wrote about is still forthcoming, other models like the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq are already here for your green-saving delight! But where we mentioned "mild hybrids" in our last post, a more common question asked is how standard "hybrid" and "plug-in hybrid" models differ.

Common sense dictates that "hybrid" describes some form of vehicle that combines the use of gas and electricity, but the mission of every system is different. A "mild" system uses regenerative braking to store power in a battery and relies predominantly on petrol for motivation. In a way, a car like the new Ioniq Hybrid is similar, but with a very different sort of mission. Where a hybrid truck would use that system to power productivity functions, the Hyundai puts its emphasis on savings.

In hybrid guise, the impressively-styled and fun-to-drive Ioniq posts 55 mpg in the city, and 54 mpg on the highway thanks to the combined efforts of twin engines. But for this version, the emphasis is more on taking the edge off gas usage by using electricity stored from regenerative braking. So where electrification plays a role, the rule of the road it is not--quite.

That's the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid's job (or the all-electric model, if you're feeling ionized by efficiency). Although it's combined output is estimated at 52 mpg combined by the EPA, it can drive for 610 miles with a fully-charged battery and tank of gas. In a car that small--with that much cargo space, we might add--is the kind of numbers one expects from a premium-badged car. But although it may feel the part, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is accessibly within the means of many, and in the eyes of industry reviewers from Kelley Blue Book (KBB), that plug-based model is their favorite of the Ioniq three!

Backed with one of the best standard warranties in the country, we're proud to share that the 2018 Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, and Electric is available at our new car dealership in Hardeeville, SC. To discover what else we have on our lot, browse our inventory as it's convenient.

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