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Assuming that Tesla is a success, Kia and Hyundai are likely to be in the race for the electric car crown. The EV6 from Kia comes with a seven-year warranty, which may be their trump card over Tesla. Other competitors include the Volkswagen ID.4 and Hyundai Genesis derivatives, as well as the Toyota bZ4x.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the latest electric crossover from Hyundai, which is going after Tesla. The Ioniq’s cabin design evokes a retro 1980s hatchback with edgy panels and pixel design lights. The seating area is open and spacious with touch sensitive and physical controls that are easy to use. The cabin also offers quiet comfort, with a relaxed demeanor. The interior of the Ioniq looks more luxurious than that of the Tesla Model Y.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an EV that has a number of features that make it stand out in its class. It’s more efficient than the base-model Tesla Model 3, for example, and offers more advanced features like driver attention alerts and autonomous emergency braking. It’s also an incredible value for the money.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be equipped with a charge port on the rear passenger quarter panel. It will be compatible with Level 2 chargers and even Level 3 DC fast-charging stations. The Ioniq 5’s battery pack will be capable of charging a vehicle from zero to 80 percent in less than 18 minutes. The Ioniq 5 will also support DC fast charging at Electrify America charging stations. The fast charging capacity will allow owners to charge their EV at any time, including during a power outage.
Kia isn’t the only automaker with a new electric car. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also has an electric motor, and the two cars use the same platform, the Electric-Global Modular Platform. Both cars have a long wheelbase and a low, flat floor. The Kia EV6 is a more luxurious electric vehicle, starting at $45,000 and qualifying for federal and provincial rebates. It’s also expected to have a high-performance version, with 576 horsepower.
Despite the Kia EV6’s aggressive exterior styling, the vehicle’s interior design is less adventurous. The EV6 doesn’t have a sliding center console, and the front seats don’t have footrests. Instead, the interior design mixes high-tech content with practical elements. The dashboard features two high-definition screens, as well as dual cupholders and a wireless charging pad.
The EV6 has an impressive infotainment system, including embedded navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth hands-free capability. It also comes with an available head-up display, which projects a three-dimensional image onto the base of the windshield.
Hyundai and Kia have a similar history of success with EVs, with the former having made over 52,000 units in the U.S. last year. Although it may not be enough to catch up to Tesla’s sales in 2016, these two manufacturers could prove to be an equal match next year. While a miracle is unlikely, it is possible to see a change in the top hybrid car brands this year.
The Nissan Leaf offers a good level of interior comfort. Its standard features include cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. It also comes with an easy-to-use infotainment system. It also features a wealth of standard safety features and a sub-$28k starting price.
Kia and Hyundai are stepping up their efforts in the EV market. While Tesla has led the charge for a decade, both companies are ramping up their production and sales, and they are aiming for mass market success. EVs will soon be as common as gas-powered vehicles, but it will take a few more years for them to catch up to Tesla.
Volkswagen Model Y
The VW Model Y and the Tesla Model Y both have impressive ranges. The Model Y has up to 260 miles of range between charges, while the VW ID.4 is only slightly longer. Both have a towing capacity of around two thousand pounds, and the Volkswagen has 301 horsepower. Both cars are expected to be sold in the United States and Europe, but the Volkswagen is set to come to market in the latter’s home market before the Model Y.
The Volkswagen team is already working on some ambitious projects. They have pledged to invest the largest sum of money in EV development in the company’s history. The ultimate goal is to become the largest electric car manufacturer in the world, and they plan to catch up to Tesla in terms of production time and number of units sold. While the timing is not perfect, Volkswagen’s team is much better positioned to move quickly. Their plans include implementing advanced technology and reducing production time by up to a third.
Volkswagen has been comparing its ID.4 electric utility vehicle to the Tesla Model Y, and VW’s CEO Herbert Diess recently said that the VW CEO had tested the Model Y before making his announcement. The two vehicles are similar in design and performance, but the Volkswagen lacks the excitement of other EVs.