Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Aimed at a market currently dominated by the Prius, the Ioniq Electric has found it's niche as a round-town commuter.

Range

Based on EPA cycle

124miles (200 kms)

Battery

28kWh

Latest Model Year

2018

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$29,500

Performance

Top Speed103 mph
Acceleration9.9 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque218 lb-ft
Power88 kW

Charging

Home Charging*4 hour charge
Fastcharge PortCCS
Fastcharge Speed80% charge in 23 minutes.
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
MORE ABOUT CHARGING
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo

CHAdeMo

Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.

Tesla

Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).

Specs

Body TypeSedan
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity-
Cargo Capacity-

Sales Numbers (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Hyundai Ioniq Electric Pros & Cons

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of three versions of the Ioniq, the other two being hybrids.

These cars play an instrumental part in helping Hyundai reach their goal of 22 ‘green’ cars by 2020. Underneath all three versions of the Ioniq is the same platform that underpins the Kia Niro.

Altered Suspension

Unlike the Kia Niro and the hybrid versions of the Ioniq, the Ioniq Electric does without independent multi-link rear suspension. Instead, Hyundai has fitted the Ioniq Electric with a torsion beam rear axle, which is more compact.

This means Hyundai hasn’t had to sacrifice much cargo space to fit a larger battery pack.

Cabin Room

This has left the Ioniq Electric with 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space – more than most of its rivals.

It also means the Ioniq Electric comfortably seats five in its 96.2 cubic feet of passenger space.

Faster Than The Hybrid

A 28 kWh battery gives the Ioniq Electric a 125-mile range and powers its 88 kW electric motor.

This motor sends all its 218 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels and will bring the Ioniq Electric to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds, nearly a second quicker than the hybrid versions.

It will top out at 103 mph, which isn’t the fastest out there but definitely has the edge on rivals like the Ford Focus Electric.

Not only is the Ioniq Electric faster than some of its rivals but it’s more efficient too, getting 136 MPGe with combined highway/city driving.

Charging Speed

It takes 12 hours to charge the Ioniq Electric from a conventional charger and just four hours from Hyundai’s recommended Pod Point home charger.

But, if you use a CSS fast charging station, the Ioniq Electric will charge to 80% in just 23 minutes.

Interior

The baseline Ioniq Electric comes with a rearview camera, a proximity key with push-button start, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a satellite & HD radio, a 7-inch touch-screen display, and Bluetooth.

Optional extras include: a power sunroof, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, HID headlights with dynamic bending light function, navigation, 8-in. touch screen, Infinity audio, eight speakers, wireless device charging, and LED interior lights.

City Car Only?

A somewhat limited range means the Ioniq Electric probably won’t be much more than a city car for most people. With that said, it is one of the better EVs in to tackle the city streets with in this price range.

2019 Model Year upgrades

  • Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist safety features.
  • Enhanced, natural-language, server-based voice-recognition and POI-search database provided by HERE™.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control added to SEL trim.
  • Standard remote charge management for Plug-in and Electric models via Blue Link®

There are no changes to the powertrain and motor.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.hyundaiusa.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.