Hyundai IONIQ Electric: Europe’s cheapest car to run
Hyundai’s first all-electric vehicle came out at the top of a list of 66,650 vehicles studied by Sust-It, an independent website set up to help consumers buy the best products for their budget. With an energy rating of 47.38 grams per kilogram, the IONIQ Electric, which has a battery range of 280 kilometres, was found to cost 0.02 Euro per kilometre to run, or 385.49 Euro over one year.
Sust-it, which rates the energy efficiency of thousands of products ranging from computers and laptops to dishwashers and fridge-freezers, calculated the running cost of every vehicle on the list from the amount of energy they use and CO2 they produce over 19,000 kilometres – the average distance a person will drive every year. For electric vehicles like the IONIQ Electric, it took into account the carbon dioxide emissions produced to generate the electricity used during recharging.
One of the major reasons why the IONIQ Electric is so energy efficient is its design: a sleek, coupé-style silhouette that harnesses airflow to minimise air resistance and emissions. Its exterior panels are designed to flex to boost aerodynamics further, which, when combined with various other smart efficiency solutions, produces a class-leading drag coefficient value of just 0.24.
The IONIQ Electric’s diffuser and rear spoiler generates downforce for more optimised handling at higher speeds, whilst simultaneously minimising the effect of drag. The gentle slope of the roofline merges seamlessly into the rear spoiler, while slim contoured door mirrors aid airflow and minimise wind noise, creating a shape that is both sporty and aerodynamically efficient.