SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co.'s Ioniq electric vehicle (EV) has been rated as the most energy efficient eco-friendly car in the United States, official data showed Sunday.
The latest report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the 2019 model-year South Korean compact liftback was tested at 136 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe), placing it at the top of the pack.
The MPGe is used to compare energy consumption of alternative fuel vehicles, like plug-in electric vehicles and pure EVs with internal combustion engine vehicles. The EPA has established a gallon of gasoline at 33.7 kilowatt hour equivalent (kWh).
Based on this setting, the Ioniq fuel economy, when converted to South Korean standards, translates into a car that can travel 57.8 kilometers on a liter of gasoline.
Hyundai has said that since its launch in the key North American market in 2017, the Ioniq has consistently beat its Japanese rivals to maintain the No. 1 most-efficient-car ranking.
The numbers are higher than the Model 3 long range model by Tesla Inc. that came in at 130 MPGe, and better than the 123 MPGe for the Model 3 mid-range vehicle.
The EPA said Hyundai's Kona EV with a 120 MPGe finished fourth, followed by Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volkswagen e-Golf with 119 MPGe each.
In addition to the pure electric version, the Ioniq Blue hybrid version also came in first in its category by reaching 58 miles per gallon (MPG). This is better than runner-up Toyota Prius's 56 MPG followed by the regular hybrid model of the Ioniq at 55 MPG.
The EPA's data then showed that among all carmakers that sell vehicles in the United States, Hyundai ranked third in terms of fuel economy of its vehicles at 28.6 MPG, after Honda and Mazda, with Subaru coming in at fourth place and Hyundai's corporate cousin, Kia Motors Corp., finishing fifth with 27.2 MPG.
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