Why wait for the revolution?

by Andy Bryenton

Early adopter is a term that’s like a two-edged sword. On one hand, it means you’re hip, modern, switched on and savvy. On the other, it means you’re prepared to be the test case for possible teething problems with new technologies. In the world of electric transport, the early adopters have had a mixed run, with cars like Nissan’s Leaf and Mitsubishi’s plug-in range offering a look at the future.

Infrastructure and range have been the stumbling blocks, but it’s all coming together now. 

Hyundai have waited until a great time to bring out their Ioniq all-electric car. We’re more accepting of the idea, charge points are popping up all over the nation, the battery technology has come of age, and the current scuttlebutt about Tesla’s production delays on the highly anticipated Model 3 has raised awareness of the demand for electric motoring.

Silent, sleek and as easy to drive as a ‘normal’ fossil fuel burning model, the Ioniq made the shortlist for New Zealand Car of the Year, only pipped at the post by the Skoda Kodiaq in a case of ‘who wore that funky extra q better’.

It’s hard to transfer the tech details into petrol friendly terms, but the Ioniq’s permanent magnet synchronous motors deliver 88 kilowatts — without the losses associated with the hot, noisy internal combustion process.

In a country where it’s a long way between stops, the Ioniq’s 200 kilometre range is the key to its acceptance — you can’t carry voltage in a jerrycan, after all.

Think of the distance between Christchurch and Kaikoura on one charge, costing far, far less than a tank of gasoline. The nature of electric power means that this small car also packs in close to 300 newton metres of torque.

To say that it’s quick off the mark is an understatement.

The best part — it looks like a real car, not a concept vision spaceship.

You can save the planet and still enjoy the comfort and traditional controls, ride and feel of a fun, peppy little small sedan. All without the fuel bill.

No wonder, then, that the Ioniq is in high demand for test drives.

Book in when you can and see what the future of driving will feel like — Ioniq buyers may not count as truly early adopters, but then again, it’s better to surf the wave of change than to either have it break over you or miss it altogether!