Driving Innovation: Ioniq Electric

By Shereen Shabnam

The Future of Mobility is clearly focused around innovative green technologies and the automotive industry is continually raising the industry standard for fuel efficiency. More and more people are moving towards EVs and we had a chance to test the new energetic and modern IONIQ electric.

Externally, the refined, modern good look and the proportions are nicely balanced with a simple layout and good ergonomics. The IONIQ electric interior advances the evolution of trendsetting design. As forward-thinking as the exterior, the interior abounds with fine touches that bring all the key elements to life in fluid, elegant style.

Every detail is precisely designed around the philosophy of clean simplicity for a calming, soothing effect on the senses.

IONIQ electric’s safety features befit its sophisticated futuristic styling. Preventive safety innovations incorporate advanced technologies to help keep you on track and out of harm’s way. Combining built-in radar, sensors and machine vision, IONIQ electric is at the leading edge of safety technology and will look out for you every inch of the way.

The pure electric drive opens the door to a whole new world of simplicity. The IONIQ electric’s 100kW electric motor runs whisper quiet and generates absolutely zero emissions. Paddle shifters allow the driver to override the system’s default eco drive setting and to summon full power for quicker performance as the mood or the occasion requires.

Serving up 100kW (120ps) of pure delight, this motor achieves a perfect balance of high efficiency and high power. It has a peak torque rating of 30.1 kgfm (295 Nm) delivered instantly and its entirety the moment you step on the accelerator pedal.

For maximum flexibility, the port offers a choice of recharging modes: Standard or quick charge. Connecting the cable is designed to be safe, secure and simple. The In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) charging cable is stored in the trunk and allows the IONIQ electric to be recharged practically anywhere. It’s designed to connect to a standard wall socket and will recharge IONIQ using household AC current.

Seven airbags provide the ultimate safeguard should the unexpected ever happen. For extra safety, sensors automatically lower the windows by 150 mm upon detecting any obstructions in the frame.

IONIQ’s nerve center does more than keep you on course and help find the nearest recharging station. It offers total smartphone connectivity through a simple-to-use touchscreen interface.

We drove the car to four different Emirates from Dubai and back on a single charge which was impressive. We stopped in Sharjah for a coffee, took in the sights in Ajman, picked up documents in Um al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah and made it back to Dubai in time for dinner.

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