2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Premium

Within 20 years, if you want to see an internal combustion engine, you’ll probably need to visit a museum, just as they did in the song Big Yellow Taxi/.

In the interim, cars driven by big washing machine motors will become commonplace.

Poor old Australia is ages behind the rest of the rest of the developed world when it comes to the uptake of electric cars. Why? Our antiquated government continues to subsidise fuels made of old bits of dinosaur. In countries where forward-thinking governments are not quite so beholden big bakers, funding for EVs has made has made their air just that little bit cleaner and greener.

Last year the car sales were down. After the government killed off local car manufacturing, Australia became an importer, as it is of most other things. Just 1,153,111 vehicles were sold. Of those, only 906 were electric. A further 14,346 were hybrids. Those figures do not include the uber-secretive Tesla.

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Why an Electric car:

It’s the chicken or the egg Situation. EV sales are puny, and it has resulted in Australia having a rubbish charging infrastructure. That, combined with range anxiety, means most electric vehicles are consigned to ferrying friends no further than the local shops

Clever old Hyundai knows this, so they’ve been they’ve shoved a petrol engine in some of the Ioniqs for those not ready to make the Pure EV jump. That means, Ioniq can be used anywhere as long as the buyer shops carefully.

Ioniq comes in 2 trim levels, Elite and Premium. Each trim level has 3 drivetrains, Hybrid, plug-in Hybrid, and EV.

There is a hybrid starting at $33,990, a plug-in hybrid starting at $40,990, and this range topping Pure Ev which is $44,990

Our range-topping Premium Ioniq EV comes in at $48,990

For that you get an electric car that has an alleged range of 230km. It will charge to 80% on a fast charger in just 23 minutes. Sadly, there are very few fast chargers. But more about that later.

There is an app that monitors the car no matter where you are in the world, and will show you where charging points are located.

You can also monitor battery status from inside on the 8” infotainment screen, or the7” LCD screen in front of the driver.

Fastback shapes may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they aid aerodynamics. Only the hybrid gets a full-size spare. The plug-in and pure EV models make do with puncture repair kits. T