For the American market, Hyundai prepared its first plug-in hybrid, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), boasting with 43-kilometer All-Electric Range.


Sonata PHEV's lithium polymer battery system comes with a capacity of 9.8 kWh, meaning it is five times larger than the 'standard' hybrid Sonata's battery, equivalently consuming 2.4l fuel per 100 kilometers, when driving in an all-electric mode. Average consumption as per EPA cycle is 5.9l per 100 kilometers, which is enough fort he Sonata PHEV to make a 950-kilometer drive (and more) with one full tank.

Sonata PHEV is powered by a 50 kW electric motor and a 2.0-liter Nu fourcylinder engine, producing 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque. The total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The battery system can be charged via 120V power outlet (in less than nine hours) or 240V charging station (in under three hours).

Owners of Sonata PHEV can remotely control the charging of the battery system via an exclusive Blue Link® smartphone app. They can, for example, set the exact start and end time of the charging schedule to take advantage of offpeak electric rates. They can also monitor the exisitng battery level and other parameters, such as plug and charge status, time left until fully charged, real-time electric and fuel range as well as vehicle diagnostics and status.

Nov. 16, 2015 Driving photo: Hyundai

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