FAQ Attack: 5 Things to Know About the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid – Nicholasville, KY

“The slow one now will later be fast
The present now will later be past
For the times they are a-changin'”

The timeless Bob Dylan released this classic in 1964, but the words couldn’t be more true even today. Seemingly in just a few years, hybrid vehicles have emerged from the auto industry and are now becoming somewhat normal. A wonderful new concept that is taking the world by storm is the plug-in hybrid. The times they are a-changin’ indeed, especially with the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid release date looming in Lexington:

First of all, what is a plug-in hybrid?

The 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid is an electric vehicle that can operate in both battery-powered or gasoline-powered modes. The vehicle can be charged by the supplied charger as well as at charging stations, and also takes gasoline. The vehicle can run completely in electric (EV) mode for nearly 27 miles.

How does the hybrid system work? (In Layman’s Terms)

A lithium polymer battery pack is used to power the vehicle. Once the electric range has been reached, the gas-powered engine works with the electric motors to continue to power the vehicle. The battery can be recharged by using either the included Hyundai hybrid battery charger or EV charging stations.

How often does it need to charge?

Hyundai recommends charging the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid daily, but it will still run on gasoline alone. There are added features built into the vehicle to allow you to customize charging times and parameters to accommodate your driving schedule. Locations of charging stations are included by pre-programming them into your navigation unit. This ensures that you’re never left wondering where the closest Lexington plug-in charging station is. The good thing about a hybrid vehicle is that you’ll never be stranded as long as you’ve charged your battery and/or filled up the gas tank.

What type of fuel economy can I expect to get?

The Sonata PHEV engine is expected to deliver 99 MPGe combined in EV modes. In charge-sustaining mode, the Sonata PHEV is expected to return around 40 MPG combined. Through the charge-sustaining mode, you can essentially bring the battery back to full, from around 15-percent capacity, where it transitions you out of EV mode and into hybrid mode, in just 30 to 40 minutes.

I heard that the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is only available in certain states. Where can I buy one?

You’ll find a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid near Lexington in the distant future, and they’ll be available at Glenn Hyundai of Nicholasville! New 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid buyers will be eligible for a federal tax credit up to $4,919. Tax credits reduce the amount of federal tax the purchaser is liable for, making them much more valuable than tax deductions. Additional local incentives such as high-occupancy vehicle lane exemptions, Hyundai financial incentives and utility rate reductions are available.