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Full Electric Ahead

While 2040 may be far away, here are electric cars you can have today.

By Edmund Wee and Kelvin Low      17 July 2020

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Max Power: 134hp
Max Torque: 295Nm
0-100km/h: 9.9 seconds
Top Speed: 165km/h
Range: 311km
VES Band: A1 (-$20,000)
Distributor: Komoco Motors

Like most modern Hyundais, the Ioniq Electric is an electric car that feels just like a normal car. Hyundai has been making mass-production electric cars a reality, filled with high-tech equipment such as the Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which uses a radar sensor to maintain the pre-set speed and distance from the vehicle ahead, without requiring driver intervention.

Rear radar sensors detect the proximity of other vehicles when changing lanes. It also detects approaching vehicles when backing out of parking spaces. Forward Collision Avoidance will apply partial or complete braking to prevent a collision while driving. In addition to many driving assists, a seven airbag system ensures maximum safety protection in the event of a collision. The entertainment does more than navigate and find the nearest recharging station, it offers total smartphone integration through a touchscreen interface.

Hyundai Kona EV

Max Power: 134hp
Max Torque: 395Nm
0-100km/h: 9.7 seconds
Top Speed: 155km/h
Range: 312km
VES Band: A1 (-$20,000)
Distributor: Komoco Motors

If the liftback body style of the Ioniq doesn’t fit your lifestyle, there is the more “traditional” boxy crossover called the Kona. Like the Ioniq, it packs a good amount of equipment. You get smartphone integration and wireless charging, ventilated electric front seats. Driver assists include the various blind-spot warning systems, just missing the forward radar based safety systems of the Ioniq Electric.

On the upshot, you get much more cargo and interior space, and if you go for the Long Range variants, you get more power at 201hp and a range bump to 482km. In other words you could drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur easily on a single charge – and “recharge” both yourself and the car while on holiday there. However, there is a $24k price premium on the Long Range variant for that extra 170km of range.

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