Hyundai Ioniq is picked as most eco-friendly vehicle in Europe. Courtesy of Hyundai Motor

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric gets full marks in terms of emissions and energy efficiency according to Green NCAP on March 6, 2019.

Green NCAP refers to an independent initiative in Europe designed to promote the development of cars, which are clean, energy efficient and pose no harm to the environment.

Comprising European governments, motoring clubs, consumer groups and universities, Green NCAP is hosted and supported by the European New Car Assessment Program.

A total of 12 vehicles were tested this year and just two including the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and the BMW i3 have been rated five stars, the maximum number of Green NCAP stars possible.

Green NCAP praised the high fuel-efficiency of the Hyundai Ioniq.

Hyundai’s all-electric small family car, the Ioniq EV, uses an 88kW motor as its propulsion unit. Local pollutant emissions are zero, of course, as no fuel is burned during the tests, and the Ioniq EV scores a maximum 10 in the clean air index,” it said.

Likewise, emissions of carbon dioxide, an important greenhouse gas, are zero and energy efficiency is very good, with consumption not exceeding 20kWh/100km in any of the tests, although the high-load highway test makes noticeably greater demands than the others.”

It also noted, “The Ioniq EV demonstrates that full electric propulsion is the greenest means of transportation currently available.”

Named as a combination of ion and unique, the Hyundai Ioniq was first disclosed in 2016. It is the first car to be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants.

A Hyundai official said that the Seoul-based company will continue to put efforts to come up with eco-friendly automobiles down the road.

Hyundai Motor is Korea’s largest automaker and its sister company, Kia Motors, is No. 2.

The two companies are flagship subsidiaries of Hyundai Motor Group, the country’s second-largest conglomerate that chases only Samsung Group.


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