2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid First Drive Review

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] The best Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid now come from Hyundai. Here’s why.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 5, 2015

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - $26,825 incl. D&H to start (Limited starts at $31,325 incl. D&H) while offering owners an excellent 40/44 mpgUS city/highway rating in base SE trim and 39/43 mpgUS city/highway from the Limited. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV-24) offers a 24 mile all-electric range and an estimated 40 mpg combined rating as a pure hybrid.

    What makes a car or truck the best vehicle for your drive? Is it based on handling prowess? If so, the new Mazda MX-5 or a BMW M would probably be everyone’s choice. Is it based on the most comfortable ride? Maybe the Buick LaCrosse or Audi A6 would be a great buy? Most modern interior? An Audi A8 L certainly fits the bill. Best performance? A Chevrolet Corvette Z-06 or Dodge Challenger Hellcat might be a consideration. Maybe it is maximum utility? A full-sized pickup like the Ford F-150 or Nissan Pathfinder CUV would be high on the list. If it were raw efficiency, the VW eGolf, VW Jetta TDI or Toyota Prius c would more than likely be in most drives. Best looking? The Jaguar F-Type would certainly be a great addition. Best warranty? How about a Hyundai Elantra or Kia Optima? Maybe it is price that drives one to judge a car or truck to be the best? In that case, a Nissan Versa or Mitsubishi Mirage would be the proper choice.

    A new automobile purchase co-mingles all of the attributes listed above and adds even more to meet the needs of a particular purchaser.

    In the case of the mid/full sized hybrids - Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Lexus ES 300h, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the latest all-new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, all provide excellent efficiency with the most modern appointments, smooth ride, decent passenger volume and are not prohibitively priced. So why do I think the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is better than the rest? Read on.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Trims

    The 2nd gen Sonata Hybrid like its predecessor arrives in just two trims, the SE and Limited.

    The SE includes 16” alloys, LED taillights, side mirror turn signal indicators, rear lip spoiler, projector headlights, auto on headlights, driver blind spot side mirror, heated side mirrors, solar glass, chrome exterior door handles, proximity key with push-button start, door handle welcome light, hands-free Smart Trunk Opener, cloth seats, 6-way manual passenger seat (height-adjustable), tilt & telescopic wheel with cruise and audio controls, electroluminescent gauges with 4.2-inch color LCD display, dual auto climate, cluster hood stitching, 5” color display audio, rearview backup camera, iPod/USB & Aux input jacks, XM sat radio, Bluetooth with phonebook transfer and Blue Link Telematics system.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Projector Lamp and LED light bar up close.​

    The Limited trim includes all of the above plus Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert, 17” alloys, HIDs, Leather-wrapped wheel & shift knob, heated wheel, Leatherette door panel inserts, leather seats, power driver seat with lumbar support and memory, power pass. seat (6-way), ventilated front seats, heated front & rear seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, rear window manual sunshades, auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink with compass, metal door sill plates, auto up/down front passenger window and floor-console mounted rear vents.

    The one and only option pkg. is the Ultimate Package ($4,500 USD) for the Limited Trim which includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist and a Lane Departure Warning, auto high beam, rear parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, Radar CC, LED interior lights, Infinity premium audio with HD Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link and the 8” display with NAVI.

    While pricing has not yet been released for the Sonata PHEV-24, it will be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont later this year. New owners will be eligible for a $4,919 federal tax credit. Local incentives including the clean vehicle rebate in California is worth an additional $1,500 off plus Green Clean Air Vehicle Decals for single occupant HOV lane access is also included with its purchase in that state.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Design

    Based on the full-sized 2015 Sonata, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid incorporates features that make it a better looker and as aerodynamic as the lowest Cd car on the road today.

    The all-new 7th generation Sonata provided an even sleeker coupe like profile than its predecessor in the form of Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. The Hybrid continued this direction.

    2015 Sonata vs. 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Front End Comparison


    The 15 Sonata’s 4 chrome or body colored grille slats have been replaced with a larger more prominent 5 thin flat chrome slats within a taller hexagonal wing grille trimmed in chrome on all trims. The grille incorporates an air shutter as well. The Hybrids lower intake is much thinner.

    The headlamps have been reshaped and incorporate a more prominent and straighter internal structure, the fog lamp cutouts are completely chrome trimmed and create an air-curtain effect around the front wheel opening. The forward corner edges have been aero-tabbed for a cleaner Cd.

    Moving to the profile, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid incorporates a slightly different chrome rocker panel inlay vs. the Limited and Sport Sonata’s, the wheels are aero tuned with smaller openings to decrease drag and the rear corners have been aero-tabbed. A reshaped rear spoiler have been added to reduce drag further.

    2015 Sonata vs. 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Profile and Rear End Comparison


    Out back, the tail lamp assembly inlays have been changed and a lower rear diffuser has been added to reduce aerodynamic drag.

    Even the Panoramic roof has been reworked to be stronger and quieter.​

    All together, the new exterior design including the full underbody panels have reduced the Sonata Hybrids drag coefficient to just 0.24 from the std. Sonata’s 0.27. This is the cleanest aerodynamically designed conventional, hybrid and diesel powered vehicle available.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Interior

    The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is no different than the regular Sonata other than the multitude of Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid displays available.

    Large and very comfortable for the many years on the long road ahead.​

    The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is for all intents and purposes a full sized car and larger than any of its direct competitors. This is the Sonata’s main advantage and nothing from the mid-size class can match it.

    The cabin is surrounded by soft touch materials and rich looking inlays. Buttons and controls are placed on the center stack, which is angled toward the driver to make the controls easier to reach. For taller drivers. Shorter drivers may have to reach a bit.

    The SE incorporates a smallish 5” central display screen that is out of proportion to match the larger front dash face. Even the much larger hi res 8 inch screen with NAVI appears too small. A 12 inch would be a more logical choice in a car this large inside as the lower controls size are not large enough to fill the lower control panel.

    More rear seat room than any of its competitors.​

    The woodgrain inlays on the Limited are to glossy cheapening the interior by comparison to a less reflective inlay that could have been used.

    On the noise reduction front, the Sonata Hybrid’s low drag cuts back on wind noise although I never reached speeds over 65 mph. Like the std. 15 Sonata, the hybrid includes sound deadening materials in the dashboard, under the floorpan, and an underbody tray made of fibrous glass expansion board improves aerodynamics while reducing unwanted road noise.

    Despite the few aesthetic shortcomings, the interior is quieter and more comfortable than ever before during my few hours behind the wheel and in the passenger seat.

    That is a true usable flat floor and big width trunk space.​

    The best addition to the hybrid lineup is the fact the trunk is not only completely usable, it has compact car volume at 13.3 cu. ft.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Price, Efficiency and Size Competitive Comparison

    YearMakeModelStarting Price ($ MSRP)EPA City/Highway (mpgUS)Passenger volume (cu. ft.)Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)Total Volume (cu. ft.)
    2016HyundaiSonata Hybrid SE$26,00040/44106.113.3119.4
    2015HondaAccord Hybrid$29,30550/45103.212.7116.0
    2015FordFusion Hybrid SE$25,99044/41102.812.2115.0
    2015LexusES 300h$40,92040/39100.112.1112.2
    2015ToyotaAvalon Hybrid$36,47040/39102.314.0116.3
    2015ToyotaCamry Hybrid LE$26,79043/39102.713.1115.8

    In this competitive comparison, both the Accord and Camry Hybrid require a long reach to the wheel and the front seat lower cushions are too short for taller driver long distance driving comfort. The ES 300h can match the HSH if equipped with the lower seat cushion extender. The Fusion Hybrid has the comfort but its hip, shoulder and rear seat knee room are much more cramped by comparison.

    Out back, none of these competitors have the rear seat room although the Accord Hybrid has a more comfortable recline angle and seating position.

    A 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid on the Pacific.​

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Infotainment

    Along with the standard infotainment listed in the trim breakout section above, the 8.0” NAVI offers an enhanced display with light touch sensitivity, a map and music split screen display and the ability to record SiriusXM presets 1-6. When switching to a preset station, you can rewind the station up to 22 minutes to listen to the full song or catch the broadcast already played.

    All 2016 Sonata Hybrids equipped with navigation will also support Pandora and SoundHound applications as well as “Eyes Free” Siri integration plus Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.

    The NAVI equipped Hybrid and PHEV-24 includes a coasting guide control which will alert the driver to coast to a stop or slow down ahead with the following attributes enabled: Eco mode, a destination chosen, and speeds between 37 and 99 mph.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Drivetrain

    The 2016 Sonata Hybrid uses an atkinsonized 154 hp and 140 lb. ft. of torque 2.0L GDI I4 coupled to a 38 kW and 151 lb-ft. of torque electric motor running at 270V - system power = 193 hp - that is clutched into six-speed AT.

    Powerful enough and well mannered.​

    The 1.62 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack has 13 percent more energy capacity, 24 percent higher power density and is 21 percent lighter. Thanks to the smaller overall packaging, the traction battery now fits underneath the trunk floor in the spare tire well allowing for a flat trunk and the available 60/40 split-folding rear seats in the Limited trim.

    This 6-speed AT now uses an electric oil pump allowing full glides up to 75 mph by decoupling the gasoline engine from the rest of the drivetrain.

    The Hybrid SE with the 16” alloys is geared to provide 1,950 RPM at 60 mph. The larger 17” alloys tires have a smaller diameter and provide 1,980 RPM at 60 mph. The PHEV-24 – both trims arrive with the 17” alloys - has a shorter final which pushes RPMs up to 2,095 at 60 mph.

    The PHEV-24 is electrically powered by the same motor, clutch and transmission as the Hybrid but with a higher Voltage, the traction motor is rated at 50 kW fed at 360V from the 9.8 kWh traction battery. Total system total system output is 202 hp although it is driving a heavier vehicle.
    • Hybrid SE: 3,497 lbs
    • Hybrid (Limited): 3,560 lbs
    • PHEV-24 SE: 3,787 lbs
    • PHEV-24 (Limited): 3,810 lbs.
    The PHEV-24s onboard 3.3 kW charger when connected to a Level2 charging station can bring the PHEV-24 from flat to full in under 3-hours. On a 120V outlet, expect between 8 and 9 hours charging time. Charging status and scheduling can be checked or set from the Blue Link smartphone app.

    A full hybrid, its 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear shifts are smoother than the previous generation. The PHEV-24 for whatever reason is smoother than the Hybrid when accelerating.

    The PHEV-24 can also be placed in HEV mode which saves the remaining charge for when you decide to use it. A city destination beyond the PHEVs all-electric range as an example.

    Row of brand new 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV-24s ready for launch from Hyundai U.S. HQ in Fountain Valley, CA.​

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Chassis

    The 2016 Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 is composed of more than 50% advanced high-strength steel which improves torsional rigidity by 41% and keeps the car light. This also improved the ride, handling and NVH compared to the first gen Sonata Hybrid.

    Up front, a std. MacPherson strut with performance shock absorbers and 23 mm stabilizer bar (24.2 mm Plug-in Hybrid) is provided. Out back, an independent multi-link with coil springs, performance shock absorbers and 17 mm stabilizer bar is standard. Ride is soft enough for expansion joints but it will bottom with a sharp impact on larger potholes for example. Handling has been improved with less body roll.

    Brakes include 12.0 and 11.1 in. ventilated discs up front and out back respectively. Stopping power is adequate and feel is better than most hybrids although it is not as linear as a std. hydraulic system on a conventional car.

    The column mounted Electric Motor-Driven variable Power Steering (MDPS) system provides a little better on-center feel although steering overall is still vague. Fortunately, the turning diameter of 35.6 ft., curb-to-curb, works well even with the longish 110.4” wheelbase.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Safety

    Passively the Sonata Hybrid includes front, side, side curtains and a driver’s knee airbag.

    Actively, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display and a rearview camera is also standard.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid NHTSA Crash Test Ratings


    The IIHS has not yet tested the 2016 Sonata Hybrid although the 2015 Sonata performed well enough to earn a Top Safety Pick.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Warranty

    Another plus that the Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV-24 offer is the over the top excellent warranty. None of its competitors even come close!
    • New Vehicle 5-year/60K mile
    • Powertrain 10-year/100K mile
    • Hybrid-related Components 10-year/100K mile
    • Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty
    • Anti-Perforation 7-year/Unlimited
    • Roadside Assistance 5-year/Unlimited
    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and PHEV-24 Efficiency and Impressions

    The hot new Sonata PHEV-24 is the best PHEV available on the market today and makes my family’s own Prius PHEV-11 look pretty bad in the comparison. Pricing has not yet been released which may or may not make or break this super PHEVs chances. In other words, competitors PHEV offerings could have a bad day when this is released. Depending on price of course.

    I drove the PHEV-24 30+ miles on 54% of the SOC consumed - 96% to start and down to 42% at the mandatory driver change point. With HEV cut-in at 16%, the range indicated would have been approximately 50 miles with the 2+ percent odometer shortfall. I have never doubled an EPA rating in anything on my first time out and there were three people in the car! Driving the slow speed light to light PCH from Huntington Beach to Dana Point certainly helped but still.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV-24 First Drive Results

    This is hot!​

    When taking the Sonata HEV out on a 25+ mile mostly slower speed traffic jammed highway loop, 68+ mpg was indicated. And this was completed with three adults on board.

    The final detail on this excellent result will have to wait until we complete a full avg. fuel consumption display (aFCD) calibration run which is currently scheduled for early next week.

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid First Drive Results

    This is hot too although I have no idea how this result yielded an ECO score of just 6? ;)

    So here is how the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (HSH) stands vs its competitors.

    The HSH has middle of the road ride and handling quotient compared to its competitors. Accord and Fusion are slightly better. Camry and Avalon are slightly worse with too much body roll.

    The HSH is quieter than all of its competitors as their eCVTs rev up harshly creating a lot of NVH when climbing, accelerating or when running at higher speeds.

    The HSH is much larger and more comfortable than all of its competitors other than the ES 300h which can match it in drive comfort when equipped with the lower seat cushion extender but not overall size for a long distance journey. The Accord Hybrid rear seats are slightly more comfortable.

    When it comes to efficiency, the Sonata PHEV-24 takes all of its PHEV and HEV competitors to the woodshed for distances out to 600 or so miles. The Accord HEV and Camry HEV will best the HSH in the city. The rest will not. The Accord can also best the HSH in slow to intermediate speed highway drives as well. At higher speeds (65+), the HSH will best the Accord and place the rest far in its rear view.

    The HSH looks ok but it does not quite come up to the sharp looking Fusion or glitzy Accord faces. Lexus' Spindle Grille is in the eyes of the beholder and the Camry with the tacked on plastic look just ok. HSHs face and rear end need work here while the Avalon falls to the bottom.

    Pricing has yet to be disclosed on the Sonata PHEV-24 but with the HSH available at $26k to start - discounts will be available soon, the HSH buries its competitors including the Fusion S and SE trims. They lack what comes std. on the HSH. Camry offers less for more and the Accord and especially the Avalon Hybrid and ES 300h are simply priced too high to compete.

    Regarding safety, we will have to wait on the IIHS and that tough Small Overlap to decide who takes this attribute. Right now, the recently “fixed” Camry sits on top with its advanced safety components and beefed up structure. The Accord HEV is just a notch behind although the 2016 receives all the advanced safety equipment to launch it back to the top. Avalon falls short while the ES needs new LATCH anchors. The Fusion sits at the bottom.

    The HSH warranty places the rest of its competitors at an extreme disadvantage.

    Even when competing against the slightly less expensive and smaller Prius, it only bests the HSH in efficiency. Everything else the Prius falls way short.

    Looking forward, the all-new 2016 Malibu Hybrid, upcoming 2016 4th Gen Prius and lower priced and refreshed 2016 Honda Accord may mix up the rankings again but today the all-new 2nd generation HSH is the best hybrid money can buy.

    A Hyundai Sonata PHEV-24 on the Pacific. I really enjoyed this launch as you can well imagine.​
  2. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Wish they would make interior bit nicer which would be deal breaker for me despite roomy and quiet interior. I drove Sonata as rental car and the door panels are all hard plastics which isn't typical in this class and overall just pretty bland. I'd prefer the previous gen interior over this.

    But it's good we still see new hybrids and PHEV models with current fuel prices...
  3. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Does the PHEV have the 60/40 fold down rear seat as well? -- (edit) CR says rear seats do not fold down

    I believe the Sonata PHEV has a "charge mode" that lets you charge the battery while driving. Did you get a chance to see what the impact to mpg is while charging or what rate it will charge the battery?

    "At higher speeds (65+), the HSH will best the Accord and place the rest far in its rear view." -- Even with shorter gear ratios for the plug- in, will the 65+ comment will hold true for the PHEV (?)

    If engineering compromises have to be made in city vs highway mpg, it seems that Hyundai has got it right for a PHEV as most of the city driving will be on the battery anyway.

    /priced right with a $4,919 tax credit ... Hyundai could end up selling a lot of PHEV's.
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  4. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    Does that mean the lower trims get a non-split but still folding seat, or does that mean that buyers of lower trims get screwed out of a folding seat entirely? I'm hoping the former because the latter would be an infuriatingly moronic packaging decision.
  5. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    It's possible that this car represents the apex of hypermiling. With its three driving modes (hybrid, electric, charge) but still limited ev range, ---selecting when and how to use what might just turn out to be the ultimate weapon in hypermiling gamesmanship.

    As batteries become better/cheaper, I think the phev will likely give way to BEV's fairly quickly, so this "hyper miler's dream" may not last very long, ... and then we'll all be back to 'boring driving' in pure electric cars.

    / ... but of course, with Hyundai's lifetime battery warranty, your own 'hyper miler's dream' should last for as long as you own the car.
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

    Hi Carcus:

    The 16 Sonata PHEV does have the serial charge mode but I had no opportunity to do any drive testing with it. When they arrive we will find out. Doubt it will improve anything given the energy conversions however.

    Until the charge time inconvenience and apt. dwellers inability to charge is fixed, BEVs will continue to be a local only solution. Meaning you are forced into a second car if your family needs one or not. Second car, second insurance, second registration, TTL, and TCO expense.

    Tim, no folding rear seats on the SE. :(

    A few additions to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid story.

    That is a hood strut vs most with a prop rod. Good stuff here.


    The grille pictured above consists of 3D intertwined shaped blocks in a light plastic matrix. For Star Trek The Next Generation fans, it looks like something the Borg would build. I say that in the coolest way. :)

  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    A BEV as a "local solution" would work just fine. They still have these things called "rental cars" when one needs to go further. I'd have a BEV myself if I could afford a Model S. The others don't have enough range for my situation.

    The Borg WERE cool. Not nice guys , but cool.
  8. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    "Until the charge time inconvenience and apt. dwellers inability to charge is fixed, BEVs will continue to be a local only solution. Meaning you are forced into a second car if your family needs one or not. Second car, second insurance, second registration, TTL, and TCO expense.


    I've got counters to all of this, but instead I'll just say…

    If lithium battery price comes down to $150/ kWh, BEV's will become a disruptive technology.

    Disruptive Technology

    A disruptive technology is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry.

    Here are a few examples of disruptive technologies:

    The personal computer (PC) displaced the typewriter and forever changed the way we work and communicate.
    The Windows operating system's combination of affordability and a user-friendly interface was instrumental in the rapid development of the personal computing industry in the 1990s. Personal computing disrupted the television industry, as well as a great number of other activities.
    Email transformed the way we communicating, largely displacing letter-writing and disrupting the postal and greeting card industries.
    Cell phones made it possible for people to call us anywhere and disrupted the telecom industry.
    The laptop computer and mobile computing made a mobile workforce possible and made it possible for people to connect to corporate networks and collaborate from anywhere. In many organizations, laptops replaced desktops.
    Smartphones largely replaced cell phones and PDAs and, because of the available apps, also disrupted: pocket cameras, MP3 players, calculators and GPS devices, among many other possibilities. For some mobile users, smartphones often replace laptops. Others prefer a tablet.
    Cloud computing has been a hugely disruptive technology in the business world, displacing many resources that would conventionally have been located in-house or provided as a traditionally hosted service.
    Social networking has had a major impact on the way we communicate and -- especially for personal use -- disrupting telephone, email, instant messaging and event planning.

    Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen coined the term disruptive technology. In his 1997 best-selling book, "The Innovator's Dilemma," Christensen separates new technology into two categories: sustaining and disruptive. Sustaining technology relies on incremental improvements to an already established technology. Disruptive technology lacks refinement, often has performance problems because it is new, appeals to a limited audience, and may not yet have a proven practical application. (Such was the case with Alexander Graham Bell's "electrical speech machine," which we now call the telephone.)

    In his book, Christensen points out that large corporations are designed to work with sustaining technologies. They excel at knowing their market, staying close to their customers, and having a mechanism in place to develop existing technology. Conversely, they have trouble capitalizing on the potential efficiencies, cost-savings, or new marketing opportunities created by low-margin disruptive technologies. Using real-world examples to illustrate his point, Christensen demonstrates how it is not unusual for a big corporation to dismiss the value of a disruptive technology because it does not reinforce current company goals, only to be blindsided as the technology matures, gains a larger audience and market share and threatens the status quo.


    / it's also interesting to note how lithium batteries are involved in this list of disruptive technologies
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015
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  9. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    The Lithium-Ion Battery Megafactories Are Coming [Chart]

    "Today’s production capacity is approximately 35 GWh worldwide. However, once Tesla’s Gigafactory and the other facilities being built by LG Chem, Foxconn, BYD, and Boston Power are complete, we will have a total capacity in 2020 of around 122 GWh. This exponential ramping up of production capabilities proves that companies are serious about scale and reducing costs."


    /I find it no coincidence that Saudi Arabia is breaking all production records right now, it's what you do when you're the lifeguard of "oil beach" and you see a tsunami of batteries coming.
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    Almost every OEM has/can/is building BEVs. And few consumers are buying them. Remember the brand new 2014 $15k Focus Electric in California last Christmas? Nope. And gasoline has been in the $4.00 range on average since that time here.

  11. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    Hi Wayne,

    Let's bookmark this conversation, so we have something to reference in a future conversation when the next gen Leaf comes out.
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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Carcus:

    Similar was said when the first modern BEVs reached the market 4 years ago. Same was said when traction battery prices reached $500/kWh. Same was said when they reached $300/kWh. OEM prices are far less than that today.

    It does not matter how much less expensive it gets. The larger the pack, the longer the charge time. Even with a future Level3 charging infrastructure, the hurdles are numerous.

  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    ‪#‎SonataHybrid‬ The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids #1 strength arises from its full size passenger volume. My 6 ft. frame in the front and rear seats reveals this.


    That is a lot of room!

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2015
  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Wayne , I know you're in a different time zone , but............. May 22 ?

    That's what the Sonata's dashboard reads.
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  15. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    "It does not matter how much less expensive it gets. The larger the pack, the longer the charge time. Even with a future Level3 charging infrastructure, the hurdles are numerous. "


    In road wireless charging: You don't need big packs, you don't need charging stations, and (because you're never stopping to charge) refill times will have essentially been cut to 0.

    Nikola Tesla would have loved it.
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  16. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    Re: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

    Ugh. Such a dumb move. I totally get that higher trims get more luxury features but cargo space flexibility isn't a luxury feature. I find that really off-putting.
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  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    The first drive was on May 22nd. Remember the 22,000 miles for the hell Dual-Fuel Charger, VW Golf SportWagen, Jetta TDI, Golf TDI SE and the 48-State Guinness World Record Golf TDI S drive between then and now? ;)

    Carcus, doubtful you will ever see a roll out of inroad wireless charging. Meaning who is going to pay for it?

    Tim, yes it is a miscue. :(

  18. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Oh. That makes sense. :)
  19. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't say it's a miscue. I would say Hyundai isn't planning on selling many of the SE.

    Kind of like how some manufacturers used to offer a "get you in the door" priced model that once you got to looking your realized that it didn't have cruise control. So you're pretty much forced into the higher priced trim if you decide you want the car.

    I would place the rear folding seat nearly on par with cruise control, once you've had it, you won't go back to not having it.

    /In my mind, the SE non-folding rear seat puts the entire pricing scenario of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid into question
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  20. Carcus

    Carcus Well-Known Member


    The consumer will pay for it, just like always. Who gets to collect? I imagine the city, the state, the feds and the utilities will all be fighting over that part. As in, ... this could be a new source of big revenue and lots of big money will get excited over that.

    I don't know what the price/kwh would be to wirelessly quick charge while driving up the interstate. But I can guarantee you it will be sold at a premium. ..... eventually.

    I also don't think Tesla superchargers are "free" and will forever be "free" ,.... I think that's Tesla cool-aid. But hey. To all those Model S owners out there: smoke em while you got em.
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