Hyundai Confirms 200-Mile EV For 2018, 250-Miler For 2020*
Even before the all-electric IONIQ hits the market, Hyundai is already looking ahead to its next, longer-range BEVs.
According to an Autoblog interview with Byung Ki Ahn, Hyundai’s director of eco-vehicle performance development group, intends to launch:
- 200 miles (320 km) range BEV by 2018
- 250 miles (400 km) range BEV by 2020
Current approach of IONIQ Electric stand at estimated 110 miles/177 km of range using a 28 kWh battery.
Of course to achieve 200 miles, Hyundai would need to move towards a 50-60 kWh pack – not something easily done without a “ground-up” plug-in project.
One thing we do have to note in regards to this report, is that Hyundai is historically a ‘touch‘ optimistic with their range forecasts for its EVs. Just this past February, Hyundai was pegging the IONIQ all-electric at 155 miles of range, which ended up being some ~41% more than the actual rating of 110 miles of real world/EPA driving distance.
Using our “Hyundai mileage decoder ring” we translate the future benchmarks as follows:
200 miles (320 km)142 miles (229 km) range BEV by 2018 250 miles (400 km)177 miles (285 km) range BEV by 2020
Still a marked improvement in the near term, that we will gladly accept!