Hyundai IONIQ may be the best electric business fleet vehicle of 2017

 In Fleet Management

Judges of the BusinessCar Fleet Awards, the ‘Techies’ have nominated the Hyundai IONIQ as their top choice for the ‘Best Green Technology’ for businesses. Three choices for electrified powertrains in one body was noted as the most significant factor in the IONIQ receiving the top prize. It is the first vehicle available as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a pure EV in one body type.

The three powertrains, separate hybrid, full electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains are said to enable business car decision-makers to specify the IONIQ that best meets the needs of their drivers, depending on driving style, travel frequency, and the distances typically covered.

The innovative use of ecologically sensitive materials in IONIQ’s cabin adds to its green credentials for environmentally-conscious fleets. Recycled plastic is combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone for the interior door covers, providing the same quality appearance as conventional oil-based plastics.

The capabilities of the zero-emission IONIQ Electric are perfect for fleets focused on their carbon footprint or the lowest BIK rates for users. Completing the line-up of powertrain choices in 2017 is the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid, offering ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 26g/km and a BIK rate of just 9% for 2017/18. Users can experience up to 39 miles of pure electric driving, with a total range of 680 miles.

Environmental concerns around transport have never been so topical and fleets are constantly on the lookout for greener solutions to help reduce their overall carbon footprint. This years’ Green Techies award proved to be a fiercely competitive category – but the Hyundai Ioniq emerged as the clear favorite.

Debbie Wood, BusinessCar’s editor


Hyundai has made rapid advances in fleet in recent years, with significant business growth, product innovations, process improvements, and a high level of customer service central to its success. The company’s latest accolade follows other wins, as ‘Green Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘Best Plug-in Car’ at the Fleet News Awards, the ‘Best SME Aftersales Programme’ award from Business Car Manager, and the i10 being named ‘Best City Car’ in the Fleet World Honours earlier this year.

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK


What is becoming clear with regard to the selection of electric powertrain vehicles is that unlike conventional ICE models, the degree of specificity among

What is becoming clear with regard to the selection of electric powertrain vehicles for fleets and consumers alike is unlike conventional ICE vehicles the ample variety with regard to the specialization of for duty cycles. With the selection process and placement of vehicles within a fleet being more important than ever it is crucial that fleet managers intimately understand the strengths and weaknesses of each vehicle based on the exact duty cycle the vehicle is required to perform. For this reason, the IONIQ or any other electric powertrain vehicle could be best for your fleet, but without understanding the job that vehicle is required to perform the fleet managers are making an educated guess.

What has become clear is that the acquisition of electric powertrain vehicles is not like purchasing conventional ICE vehicles.’ Fleets and consumers alike are noticing the wide range of specialization for certain duty cycles.

The assignment of EVs in a fleet has become more strategic than ever. Fleet managers need to understand the specific performance parameters of each vehicle to maximize ROI.

The IONIQ, or any EV may be the best all-round vehicle for a fleet. However, without conducting a detailed study, that choice will never be completely clear. To understand the ROI of replacing any fleet vehicle with an EV model, fleet managers should conduct an EV Suitability assessment.

The assessment studies a current fleet deployment and details in black and white opportunities for optimization. Target vehicles for replacing, pinpoint optimal duty cycles, and understand the replacement ROI of new vehicles before purchasing anything.


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