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Just Ask Alexa... (Image: Hyundai)

Remote Voice Control of Hyundai IONIQ

Hyundai has announced that its incorporating the use of Amazon Alexa into most of its new vehicles, including the upcoming IONIQ Electric.

According to Hyundai, owners of compatible vehicles will be able to use Echo for simple voice commands, including charging:

“Owners of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Plug-in Electric vehicles are able to start and stop charging of their cars with the ease of simple voice commands with Blue Link.”

Just Ask Alexa... (Image: Hyundai)
Just Ask Alexa… (Image: Hyundai)

The Plug-in hybrid Sonata shares this functionality as well.

Of course, the cars won’t be able to start or stop charging unless you’ve manually plugged them in (this is where wireless charging would be preferred), but still it seems like a rather nifty feature to be able to make use of from time to time.

Additional commands (not plug-in specific) include

Owner: “Alexa, ask Blue Link to start charging my Ioniq.”
Alexa: “Request for remote charging your Ioniq has been sent.”

Owner: “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees.”
Alexa: “Request for remote starting your car with climate control has been sent.”

Owner: “Alexa, ask Blue Link to lock my Santa Fe.”
Alexa: “Request for remote locking your Santa Fe has been sent.”

Check out the brief video showing how the vehicle’s interact with Amazon Echo below:

Source: InsideEVs

The Ioniq will first be available as a hybrid and EV, with a PHEV coming later

Hyundai Ioniq specification and pricing announced

Hyundai has revealed details of its Ioniq range – the first to be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure-EV specifications. The family hatchback will start at £19,995, and goes on sale later this year.

The Ioniq will first be available as a hybrid and EV, with a PHEV coming later
The Ioniq will first be available as a hybrid and EV, with a PHEV coming later

The Ioniq Hybrid will be the first available in the UK, going on sale on Thursday 13th October. It is the conventional hybrid that starts the range off, with prices starting at just under £20,000 for the Ioniq Hybrid SE 1.6 GDi. This will feature a 1.6 litre petrol engine, CO2 emissions rated at 79 g/km, and comes in one of three trim levels – SE, Premium, and Premium SE. The Hybrid range tops out at £23,595.

Following on closely from the hybrid is the Ioniq Electric, which will be available in selected specialist dealerships to start with, before being rolled out nationwide soon after. Prices for the all-electric vehicle start at £28,995, with just the two trim levels – Premium and Premium SE. The latter costs £30,795 – though neither price includes the £4,500 Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which it is expected to be eligible for.

Both models are priced very competitively against predicted competition. The Ioniq Hybrid’s main rival is expected to be Toyota’s best-selling Prius, which starts at £23,295. The Ioniq Electric’s biggest challenger on the other hand is likely to be the Nissan Leaf – also a best seller in its market.

The Leaf starts at £21,530 for a 24kWh model with a quoted range of 124 miles, while the longer-range Leaf 30kWh has an official range of 155 miles and starts at £25,230. The Ioniq Electric – presuming it is eligible for the PiCG – will sit slightly askew of the two models in terms of price at £24,495 and £26,295 for each trim. However, it has a quoted ‘maximum potential driving range’ of 174 miles from its 28kWh battery and 88kW motor.

Equipment levels are good across all trims, and all three Ioniq models will feature Hyundai’s five year, unlimited mileage warranty – the Ioniq Electric’s battery covered for eight years or 125,000 miles.

The final version to come to market – the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale in the UK early 2017, with prices and specification details to be announced closer to launch.

Source: Next Green Car