200-Mile Hyundai IONIQ Electric Coming In 2018


Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

When it was announced that the Hyundai IONIQ Electric was given an EPA-estimated range of 124 miles (that’s actually up from the initial estimate of just 110 miles via a newly re-stated 136 MPGe number), we admittedly weren’t all that impressed.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Don’t get us wrong. It’s not that we don’t welcome the addition of the IONIQ BEV into the segment, it’s just that its range was a bit of a let down in this day of 200-mile plus EVs launching.

Well, fear not IONIQ fans (Hyundai fans), a longer range IONIQ BEV is already in the works and it’ll launch much sooner than you might’ve expected.

Ahn Byung-ki, director of Hyundai’s eco-vehicle performance group, says that the U.S. won’t receive the electric IONIQ until early next year now (yes, that’s a delay from the expected launch of late 2016…but also something we had been predicting of late too), but as soon as 2018, a longer range IONIQ will appear.

Quoting Byung-ki, who spoke the media at Hyunbdai’s technical center in Ann Arbor, Michigan just days ago:

“124 is not enough, and we have a plan to extend that to more than 200 by 2018.”

Really, it should’ve been more than 200 miles in the first place, but we’ll gladly settle for “more than 200 by 2018.”

News of this longer range IONIQ Electric could surely hurt initial sales of the 124-mile/28 kWh version, but perhaps Hyundai is planning today’s car as an entry level offering – as part of a wider IONIQ Electric range/trim lineup in the future.

Knowing that one more 200-plus mile affordable electric car is on the near-term horizon is good news, and the prospects for the IONIQ Electric now truly does excite us.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric (and yes...another example of the windmill scourge following EV press vehicles everywhere)

Hyundai IONIQ Electric (and yes…this is another example of the windmill scourge following EV press vehicles around everywhere they go)

Quick specs: Hyundai IONIQ Electric

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

Inside the Hyundai IONIQ Electric – Arrives in early 2017 for US

  • 28 kWh battery – EPA estimated range of 124 miles/200 km (NEDC – an optimistic 174 miles/280 km)
  • 136 MPGe (134 city/136 highway)
  • 88 kW (120 PS) electric motor with 295 Nm of torque
  • 165 km/h (102 mph) top speed
  • 0-60 km/h (37 mph) in 4.5 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds
  • 6.6 kW on-board charger
  • DC fast charging up to 80% in 33 minutes at 50 kW or 24 minutes at 100 kW (CCS/J1772 Combo)
  • priced from £28,995 (£24,495 after £4500 plug-in car grant) in the UK, no pricing yet for US (expected around $30,000 USD)

Also, check out a recent first drive review by Fully Charged here.

Source: Automotive News

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…but a huge kudos to Hyundai for achieving 136 MPGe.

This is huge – both economically and environmentally, every added range thanks to efficiency is far better than the same mile thanks to larger battery.

With all the “in the future”-offerings it will be so sweet and satisfying when the first (fairly) affordable 200+ mile actually arrives.
It should be any day now for the US and another 3-4 months for Europe to finally get there.

It’s now been 3 months. And oddly enough it is still 3 months away in Europe (if introducing the car only in EV-crazed Norway counts).

I’m not sure what you mean Terawatt. The Ioniq electric is already out in the following countries:
Irish Republic
United Kingdom
The Netherlands
South Korea
Join our Ioniq Electric group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1842747469315009/

What’s the Ioniq’s quick-charge standard?
Seems like SAE Combo.

Well, unless that network expands real quick, that makes a 124-mile Ioniq less useful than a 107-mile Leaf for longer trips around here in the Pacific Northwest.
Don’t know about elsewhere…

Hey Assaf,

Will add in some ‘quick specs’ to round out the story. Hyundai IONIQ Electric is Combo – but up to 100 kW, so functionally superior to most of today’s EV offerings…saves you about ~10 mins on a “fill” (but as you note, provided of course you have access to a 100 kW Combo EVSE)

Hi Jay,

Off topic, any plug in surprises/gossip for us at the LA Motor Show later ?

@Jay thank for the added specs!

Wow, I’m even more impressed by the highway MPGe higher than city MPGe.

I think that’s a first for anyone not named Tesla. Makes even more of a difference.

By contrast, 30-kWh Leaf’s MPGe is only 101, translating to 95 miles average highway range (#s taken from your post about it, of course 🙂 ). Compared to, I assume, 125 miles highway range for the Ioniq.

Widely prevalent QC still more than makes up for the difference on a road trip, but this renders the 2017 Ioniq highly valuable for tons of day trips without any need to charge (or possibly, only L1/L2 charging as you explore your destination before returning).

The Ionic is a nice car… lots of mature ev features… the 100kW makes their 200 miler a worthy compare with BOLT as the GM car may not be ready to take advantage of 100 CCS when it is available. I’m guessing some of the new highway charger installs might be able to go that high… and their efficiency really helps keep the charge times down too. Sat in the Ionic Electric at the Sacramento International Auto Show a few weeks ago and it is really a nice car. I’d consider Hyundai when I want to add to my 2 LEAF Fleet… say when my daughter gets her licence in a few months.

It has 100 kW SAE combo charging. So it’s future proof with both higher charging rate and the right charging standard.
So unless you’re planning on a 2 year lease or so this will be much more useful than the 30 kWh Leaf almost everywhere.

Pacific Northwest? Shouldn’t that be either Pacific Northeast or US Northwest? 😛
Because I’m assuming you’re not in Russia or possible Japan.

Oh I know where it is 😉 I’m just objecting to the stupidity of the naming (and use of it)… 😛

Welcome to 2016 nothing new here.

Clearly you are brand new out of a box.

The Ioniq will have CHADEMO (with 2 filler caps!) in chademo-countrys (like Japan). Maybe in the US you can choose?

Btw. e-Golf and i3 also have chademo in Japan…

Well, it is obvious that some car makers bend to the CHAdeMO standard – for sale in Japan, but went with CCS elsewhere! However , it shows that they could do both, and since CCS is really Just J1772 + DC (2 pins less for the AC & 2 pins extra for the DC!) – there is no reason why the cars coming out today could not be built with CCS+CHAdeMO – for consistency and wider mobility, instead of focusing differences for different markets! That way – a CCS + CHAdeMO car (LEAF, i3, eGolf, Bolt EV, IONIQ, etc) could be put on a boat and shipped anywhere from Japan, to Hawaii, to Australia, to USA/Canada, to Europe, by either a Manufacturer, or an owner, and the car would be usable anywhere! Imagine – if you live and work in the UK – but get a Job in Canada – and you own an EV – you could bring it with you easily, with less concern of where to plug it in! Yes – I do know that European CCS is not based on the J1772 Plug, but – CHAdeMO is the Same Everywhere! And since I know Tesla built… Read more »

The more the merrier.

100+ miles is good for many people. They also have very long battery life so it should do well. Just compare to the biggest selling EV so far the LEAF and you can see the value of the IONIQ

The LEAF launched in 2010 though, as a 2011 model, not in ’16 as a ’17. Big difference. And in one week Nissan will finally reveal the next step. 48 kWh useable appears to be widely expected, versus 28 kWh in today’s car.

Ioniq really impresses with its efficiency. But that makes it even harder to comprehend why they didn’t choose a modern battery. The higher density packs are cheaper per kWh, so putting 50 kWh in there would have made the pack perhaps 20% more expensive, and the car 7% more expensive, and given nearly 60% more range…

Good to know they plan to make it 2017-proof by 2018. That’s actually much sooner than it seemed. But overall, I’m really not impressed with their decision making here.

I think Hyundai’s decision making could be worse. At least Hyundai isn’t part of the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers asking Trump to roll back emission standards.

Talk about bad decision making, these companies deserve a global boycott:
BMW, Fiat/Chrysler, Ford, GM, Jaguar, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Porche, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

My protest including my boycotting them and threatening a second model 3 reservation has now been forwardet by volvo austria to volvo hq sweden.
I was careful to talk very friendly and so are they.

Nissan Leaf for 2017 – New Model with bigger battery, beyond the current 30 kWh – is not likely to be shown before Detroit Auto Show NAIAS – January 2017, or later, since – https://electrek.co/2016/11/10/nissan-2017-leaf-trim-details-30-kwh-battery-range/
in spite of – http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1104610_next-nissan-leaf-confirmed-for-60-kwh-battery-200-miles-of-range

And – this leak did not seem to make it to reality either – http://evobsession.com/exclusive-leak-2017-2018-nissan-leafs-to-have-130-150-miles-of-range/

The question is when? Near future is not clear!
When they say for 2018, what do they mean? If the model 2017 is coming beginning of 2017, do you think they will launch the 2018 before the end of 2017? This will mean they came out with 2 same models in less than an year!!! Consummers won’T like that!
Unless, there is a big news from hyundai at the LA show! For the US, it will be the model 2018 with this bigger range!!! That would be AWNSOME!!! And, they will sell them as they built them!!

Looks to me like a Chevrolet Bolt-fighter. Larger battery is welcome news, of course. I hope they release a version with a larger motor so they can have a Sport trim. Anything below a six-second 0-100kph time would reach a lot of buyers interested in performance, but not in the $100k+ market.

Well, there have been a lot of reviews of the current Ioniq BEV the past couple of months (the car’s already available in the UK and the rest of Europe) — the real-world range seems to be ~130mi.

That’s quite decent for a (sub)urban vehicle, and while not in Tesla/Bolt territory, it’s better than the gen-1.5 30KwH LEaf, e-Golf, BMW i3 33kWh etc.
The battery is apparently 28KwH usable, so actually more than the Leaf’s.

The LEAF has 28 kWh useable today. And it’ll probably be 48 very soon (revealed this month, on sale in January).

Ioniq, e-Golf, i3 are all uncompetitive in 2017. Zoe, Bolt/Ampera-e and maybe the new LEAF are better options regardless what you’re looking for really, except brand image.

But unlike what I thought this doesn’t seem to matter very much. BMW i3 was the second most sold car (of any type, fossil or electric) in Norway in October, and now looks to be number one in November. That’s not bad for an uncompetitive car, which I maintain it actually is!

Source? Nissan just revealed no change in 2017 Leaf battery capacity (except for the S).

No way they shoe-horn a 48 kwh battery into the Gen 1 Leaf.

Yes, it was my understanding there won’t be any more battery changes on the current-gen Leaf, after the update to 30kWh (26 usable, from what I’ve read).
The next update would be the Leaf 2.0, reportedly based on the IDS concept car and a ~60kWh battery.

Regarding the new 48kWh Leaf just wait for tomorrow.

It’s been five months now. Still waiting. Leaf still only has 30 kWh. You were saying, mr. M?

I got 27.5kWh according to LEAFSpy.
From the various tests I’ve seen Ioniq is looking 10-20% more efficient so the EPA numbers look right.

Kudos to Hyundai! They must have read our post about the 124mi range ?.

Now Hyundai just needs to introduce the PHEV Tucson in the US next year. The have developed the plug in Tucson as they displayed it in an Auto show a few years back.

I like the idea of what appears to be a palm rest with drive neutral reverse and park buttons instead of the clunky selector lever of my Volt. There is no practical reason for a lever that has to be moved through several positions on an electric car.

The habit of user expectations?

Still.. think about it like this. 124 miles is quite a lot better than the 86 miles of the original Leaf. For an entry-level BEV, I think 124 is a great range that would suit a great number of people. Heck, my Volt has 53 miles and I still have the original gas in the tank from the dealer when I bought it 8 months ago. I think that speaks a lot to how much range I need on a regular basis.

I agree, totally enough for a Daily-EV

I’d wait for their 200+ range ev.

After getting a look ar the Ioniq I wouldn’t want one.
120 miles or 200 miles .

Done with that. Must be stylish high performance car that anyone would want electric or not.

Range might be king but style and performance must be there as well.

Says the guy that drives a ctw00h.

I wonder if this will be available at under $40K before the Tesla Model 3?

No. Wonder no longer.

Another Euro point of view

No no, for sure Tesla will have sold about 10 hand made Model 3 to close friends before that happens. 😉 🙂


Lexus CT200h is better looking than Ioniq ?

Ioniq has the most efficient MPGe of all pure electric vehicles at 136 MPGe.

With 28 kWh battery and EPA estimated range of 124 miles it can travel up to 4.42 miles/kWh, 10% more efficient than Chevy Bolt at 4.0 miles/kWh.

226 wh/mile. Finally getting some respectable numbers.

How about a body colored “Grille”:

It would indeed have to be body-coloured 😉

Joe. I agree that a body-color “grille” might be preferred by some. There are many who like to individualize their cars. Hyundai provides a blank grille as a canvas for anyone who chooses to do so. I am confident that aftermarket people will flood the market with add-ons such as bright metal strips, one on either side of the logo oval. Creative types will offer unlimited designs to personalize the IONIQ.

I like the car, design, range and all.
I’m just wondering how Hyundai is indenting to sell any of the 124mi range models when all customers know that the 200mi range version is only a year down the road…?
The price markup will not be too much, given the competition and then folks might just wait (also with regard to residual values) and then Hyundai has bad sales and might reduce their commitment.

Am I the only one finding this weird?

Stop pushing for 200+! This will just push the cost up like all the others. Many of us don’t need that range for a daily driver and don’t want to spend a fortune to get an ev. With a 7k tax write off, you get more bang for your buck if you can get a cheap ev! If I can get a nice ev with enough range for me for 29k which costs me 22k after tax write off, then I’ll take it. But I’m still waiting for this to be available in Florida, as they are only selling in LA!

Please indicate when in 201 will this be available and what will be lead time to delivery?