The Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

The Hyundai Tucson PHEV SUV
Price: From € 41,295
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 13.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 60 km
Tailpipe emissions: 31g (CO2/km)


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The Hyundai Tucson PHEV SUV


The Hyundai Motor Company, is a South Korean automotive manufacturer with a strong global presence (up to 200 countries). The company also has a stake in another leading South Korean automotive company, Kia Corporation. Hyundai has an annual production capacity of over 1.6 million units.

Hyundai commenced developing alternative fuel vehicles in 1988. The first pure electric car was developed by the company in 1991 (Sonata EV). The automotive manufacturer commenced producing hybrid electric vehicles in 2008. The company currently has two battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and also has two plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs):

The Hyundai Tucson compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) has been available since 2004. The 5-seater SUV is named after Tucson, the city is Arizona, USA. Since its launch the Tucson SUV has been very popular, making it the best-selling Hyundai SUV. Since 2004, more than 7 million units have been sold globally. The current model, the fourth-generation variant, was revealed in 2020.

The Hyundai PHEV is a good option for families keen on a mid-sized SUV without breaking the bank. Driving the plug-in hybrid on all-electric mode will help lower the cost of motoring, amplified by the recent increase in fuel prices in Ireland.

The Tucson plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pairs a 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol engine with a 66.9 kW electric motor, powered by an onboard EV battery. The automotive manufacturer claims a fuel economy up to 1,3 l/100 km for the electric vehicle (EV). Of course the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors, but none as influential as using the e-mode. Bottom-line, to increase the fuel economy of the vehicle and lower the driving costs, the PHEV should be driven as much as possible on the electric mode.

Given the WLTP certified emission-free range is 60 km, and most commutes are short, there is much scope for taking advantage of electric driving to save money. The PHEV has a 13.8 kWh onboard EV battery, which is reasonably standard for a PHEV of this size. However, expect the real-world electric range to be closer to 55 km. The EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include, driving profile, speed, load, regenerative braking, road condition, weather and a lot more.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smart phone. We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charging station, like easee to charge the EV. We do not encourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug. Charging the EV using a single-phase EV charger will take up to two hours. Of course, if you top-up on a regular basis, the charging time will be faster.

In terms of practicality, the Hyundai EV has much to offer. The interior cabin is spacious, with ample headroom and legroom for front and rear seat passengers. The driver seat benefits from good visibility and the driver cockpit is well designed. Despite the placement of the onboard EV battery, the boot space is decent (558 L), though a little smaller than the petrol variant. The EV is packed with a host of driving assistance and safety features, to include: highway drive assist (HDA), forward collision-avoidance assist, remote smart park assist, blind spot view monitor and more. The EV has been awarded a Five-Star NCAP Safety Rating.

The performance of the electric SUV is decent. The all-wheel drive Tucson PHEV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds, also benefiting from instant torque. The drivetrain delivers a maximum power of 265 PS (torque 350 Nm), sufficient for city and motorway driving.

The Tucson plug-in hybrid has reduced tailpipe emissions (31g CO2/km), compared to the conventional petrol variant (157g CO2/km). Lower tailpipe emissions improve local air quality. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and good for the wallet!!


PROS CONS
Good standard equipment specificationCheaper alternatives available
Spacious and good quality interiorsElectric range limited
Easy and comfortable to driveNot the most exciting exterior design

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The Hyundai Tucson PHEV SUV (credit: Hyundai)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Engine:Petrol/ Electric (1.6 TGDi PHEV)
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Comfort Plus Plug- In Hybrid (from € 41,295)
Executive Plug- In Hybrid (from € 43,795)
N Line Plug- In Hybrid (from € 47,295)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 13.8 kWh
Charging:On board charger: 7.2 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:31g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1651
Width (mm):1865
Length (mm):4500
Wheelbase (mm):2680
Turning Circle (m):10,6
Cargo Volume (L):558

1.6 265PS Petrol 4WD
EV Battery Capacity:13.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):60 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):1,3
Charging:On board charger: 7.2 kW AC
Top Speed:190 km/h
0-100 km/h:8.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):66.9
Max Power (PS):265
Torque (Nm):350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,818 – 1,924
Colours:10
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)


Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than 2022. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV. The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 400 kms, while PHEVs average closer to 50 kms. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!


Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel. An EV battery can be charged for as little as €10, while filling a tank of fuel is over €100!
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. An EV costs less than 5 cents per km to drive.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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