Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid launches with 27-mile electric range

Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid launches with 27-mile electric range

Larger battery, motors, support high-speed electric-only mobility.

November 16, 2015

Fountain Valley, California – Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) boasts a 27-mile all-electric range (AER).

"The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for Hyundai and gives drivers the best of both worlds by providing the power delivery of a conventional gasoline engine for long trips or vacations with the additional benefit of environmentally-friendly all-electric range for commuting," says Mike O'Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The flexibility of this alternative powertrain delivers efficient hybrid operation and eliminates any concerns for range anxiety, while providing an impressive total driving range capable of 600 miles."

Sonata Plug-in Hybrid's 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery system is roughly 5x larger than the Sonata Hybrid's battery. The larger battery system can be charged via an external electric power source using either a Level-One 120V power outlet in less than nine hours or a Level-Two 240V charging station in less than three hours.

A 2.0L four-cylinder GDI engine coupled with a 50kW electric motor allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted. The power output from the electric motor (50kW) is 32% more powerful than the electric motor applied on the Sonata Hybrid (38kW) and allows for EV operation at higher engine load and speeds.

The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid pricing starts at $34,600.

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is built at the Asan, South Korea plant and will be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Sonata Plug-in Hybrid buyers will be eligible for a $4,919 federal tax credit; tax credits reduce the amount of federal tax the purchaser is liable for, making them much more valuable than tax deductions. Depending on the particular state, additional local incentives such as high-occupancy vehicle lane exemptions, financial incentives or utility rate reductions may be available.

2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

  • 0.24 coefficient of drag, tied with the Tesla Model S
  • 9.8 kWh battery system, qualifies for the highest federal tax benefit for midsize PHEV sedans
  • 40 mpg combined EPA mileage estimate in hybrid mode
  • Level-Two 240V charges in less than 3 hours
  • 600 mile driving range

Source: Hyundai Motor America