Attractiveness of Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid and its Plug-in Hybrid

June 19, 2015

Hyundai_Sonata_Hybrid_--_03-28-2012Hybrids and plug-in hybrids were considered to be ugly mutts, until the gorgeous Tesla Model S came along. Toyota also came up with its Prius hybrid with the main aim of promoting environmental consciousness. Currently, several automakers have followed suit and launched different hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Among the new breeds are the Hyundai Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Barely distinguishable from their conventionally powered counterparts, Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid and many other hybrid cars are attractive, lush midsize cars. The key features distinguishing these cars from their conventional gasoline-powered counterparts include some additional badging, charging ports and other minor changes.

One of the key benefits of owning the Hyundai Sonata hybrid or plug-in hybrid is that their gas mileage is impressive. It has been projected that the hybrid alone will have a city rate of 40 mpg, a highway rate of 44 mpg and an overall rate of 42 mpg. If these estimates are true, these car’s mileage will be ten percent better compared to previous Hyundai’s Sonata hybrid and almost similar to that of Prius’ second generation. No ratings have been given yet for the new 2016 Sonata hybrid. However, Hyundai has said that the car is expected to have approximately 93 MPGe. With respect to the power plant, the new plug-in hybrid will have a horsepower of 145 and a four-cylinder engine holding 2 liters, in addition to an electric motor of 38 kilowatt. The car’s top speed at electric-only mode will be about 75 mph coupled with a transmission of six-speed.

With respect to the battery, the car comes with a beefier lithium-polymer battery, with peppier electric motors. The capacity will be 13% more compared to the previous version. To create additional space in the boot, it tucks under the trunk floor. This also allows for folding down of the rear seats for cargo. In terms of aerodynamics, the car is even more slippery in the wind owed to changing the design of the front and back of Sonata. The drag coefficient is 0.24, which makes Sonata similar to Tesla’s all-electric Model S. It is clear that the Sonata hybrid will have quite a number of improvements. The plug-in version will be Hyundai’s first of the kind for the automaker and they have said that initial sales will be made only in Oregon and California, then later on in New York, as well as other East Coast states. The ability of the car to run 24 miles on electric power only is its chief attraction.

 

 

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