The 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale in the USA for a base cost of $34,600. After the destination charge of $835 and subtracting the federal tax credit, overall cost is right around $31,500. The Hyundai PHEV does cost slightly more than the 2016 Volt and only has half of the EV range, but it is a larger vehicle, so sales in the USA are expected to do quite well.
A Sonata plug-in Limited edition is available for $4000 more.
With an EPA rating of 27 miles, the 9.8 kWh battery pack and a full tank of gas can get you around 600 miles from your starting point. Using a level 2 EVSE, the battery pack can be re-charged in less than 3 hours.
The Sonata plug-in hybrid has the lowest coefficient of drag in the industry, tied with the Tesla Model S at 0.24!
Sales of the Sonata PHEV are scheduled to start soon, and some members on the Sonata Plug-in forum have started placing orders. Hyundai has promised to start deliveries in the following states by the end of the year: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The Sonata EV plugin hybrid will be sold nationwide, but for most dealerships, it will be a specially ordered vehicle that will not be stocked.
“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. 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.”
– Mike O’Brien, Vice President for Hyundai Motor America