Hyundai IONIQ Electric Gets Full Review By Fully Charged – Video

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NOV 10 2016 BY MARK KANE 26

Robert Llewellyn recently tested the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, and came away from the experience very impressed with the all-electric car from South Korea, especially with some of the standard features – such as lane-keep assistance.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

In the end, IONIQ Electric was deemed a more than capable product and a “step up” in the affordable EV segment; and as such, was recommended for consideration.

The all-electric Hyundai has a newly updated EPA range of 124 miles/200 km of “real world” driving and is priced from £28,995 (£24,495 after £4500 plug-in car grant) in UK,  competitive with obvious rival, the Nissan LEAF.

Hard not to put this at the top of the list for new elecrtric cars. An excellent machine, very sophisticated and cheaper than a 30kWh Nissan Leaf.

Hopefully this time I’ve put a lot of information in the episode. Enjoy.”

We should note that the Hyundai IONIQ lineup has had some slightly issues launching on time around the world (but apparently not so much in the UK).   For the US, the IONIQ Electric (BEV) has seen its launch move from Q3 to “winter 2016”, while the IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid has moved from Q4 2016 to “summer 2017”.

Quick specs IONIQ Electric:

  • 28 kWh battery optimistic 155 miles/250 km on NEDC standard (EPA estimated at 124 miles/200km)
  • 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)

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26 Comments on "Hyundai IONIQ Electric Gets Full Review By Fully Charged – Video"

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Very impressive BEV. It may not outsell the Bolt but it will likely outsell the Leaf, FFE, e-Golf and i3. If the Ioniq had a bigger battery it would be serious competition for the Bolt.

The Bolt will continue to be small potatoes, market wise, until GM decides to build more than 35,000/year.
Nissan is tiny compared to GM and yet produces 50,000+ Leafs/year.

Needs more Range !

I wish the battery was just a bit larger… 40KWH would be great!

But I definitely have liked what I’ve seen on the IONIQ. Though Hyundai is not out generating hype for it the way GM and Tesla do.

I don’t think the lineup will sell incredibly well, but if you combine sales of the Hybrid, PHEV, and Electric versions, the numbers might be similar to Ford’s combined electric numbers.

Interesting that he thinks it could get 150 miles even though it has a smaller battery than the 30kWh leaf, it’s not fugly either.

Certainly worth considering leasing one.

Nissan Leaf has a 30KWh battery but only around 28KWh can be used.
The Ioniq has 28KWh that can be used! This means the battery has around 30Kwh also.

Basically, they have the same battery specs but the ioniq has a better Cx and more effient control system of the battery.

As per today, if soomeone needs to buy a cheap EV car, no way they should touch the LEAF. He should wait a couples of weeks and buy the Ioniq. Long term, the battery will have less degradation than the Leaf which has no thermal control on the battery except for the heater during really cold winter days.

If you assume no taper to 80% using 50 kW, then math shows 27.5 kWh for 33 minutes (80%).

50 kW * (33 / 60) = 27.5 kWh

That’s for 80%, so 100% would be

27.5 kWh / 0.8 = 34.4 kWh

There will be some losses, maybe about 10%. Then it works out to about 30 kWh for 100%.

Doing the same with 100 kW in 24 minutes result in 40 kWh and 50 kWh respectively. I suspect that’s because 100 kW charger would have large taper and/or not able to fully utilize full 100 kW.

This depends on when the IONIQ will be released in the US. With the BOLT and next generation LEAF coming it could be obsolete before it arrives with the 100mi range.

It Might be they advertise the usable capacity of the battery as in the SoulEV.
And I think this is the way it should be done.
The Leaf 30 kWh battery as probably not more than 26.5 kWh usable and a different and older motor/inverter drive train.
Still, if the Ioniq is capable of doing 150 miles, it’s awesome.

During the video there is a list of previous trips shown on the dash with one listed at 141 miles @ 4.9 mi/kWh.
Math says that’s 28kWh useable.

This assumes that’s on one charge of course.

But the Ioniq is almost 100kg lighter and has better aerodynamics than the Leaf.

Hyundai release a car that is already obsolete. Good work!
2011 called and wanted the range back.

That faux grille is UGLY. Damn.

Unless they price it well under $30k, the Ioniq Electric is DOA in the States.

Doubtful of that since the sister Soul EV with similar battery sells in the $32-35k range.

In Germany you will get a fully loaded IONIQ for under 30k€.
If you choose the middle version you’ll end up at around 27k and the lowest at around 25k.
All after incentives and dealer bonus.
A Soul is sold here for 25k after all.

This is what all EV’s need to do – low aero drag is key to longer range on a smaller – and therefore less expensive – battery pack.

If they design the drivetrain to coast by default, and have variable regen for when you need to slow down (like the VW e-Golf!), all the better.

Does this car actually have proper thermal management for the battery? If so, then I will definitely end up recommending this car to people over the Leaf. If not, then I guess it is a wash between the two.

The ioniq does have a thermal management battery (tmb).
This is also the key in the long term and short term. This car uses new technology that the leaf does not have, much better Cx, better looking and the interior also looks lot more sophisticated than the Leaf.

I did a road test with the leaf and the interior is not what it is when you think electrical car.

The thermal management is the same as in the Kia Soul EV. The cabin air is drawn in through vents under the front seats and out the back. This also draws fresh air into the cabin. Since the battery likes the same temperatures that we like it works out just great. When charging, if the battery temperature gets to 40C the charge rate is tapered back so as to keep the temperature under that point. It isn’t as effective as liquid cooling could be but it is effective. The only time I hit that top temperature was on a long trip after I had done two quick charges and then climbed a mountain pass and was charging at the top of the pass.

Looks like a good Leaf replacement, better looks, better interior and cheaper. Also has a CCS port which is future thinking in my opinion. Still think the onboard charger should be at least 11kW for medium speed charging, but 6.6 is better than 3.3.

Will probably sell well until the model 3 is released.

The Zoe battery is 50 % more with 41 kWh, this car is obsolete.

Fine, but the Ioniq will be more practical as a family car.

Launching a brand new EV with a small 28 kWh battery pack in 2016 is a mistake. 200+ miles is the new entry point for a brand new EV.

Sub 200 mile EVs today have to be discounted heavily to justify the psychological compromise the consumer has to make accepting for such limited range.

With just over 100 miles of range, the consumer still has ‘range’ to think about ever day.

Bloggin: I understand your point, but I can say that in the last 18 months I only exceeded 100 miles driven in a day once, when I was on vacation(and that was 18 months ago). Lots of people would have zero issues with a 115 mile range EV. Personally, I want more(such as the Bolt’s 238 miles)but the Ionique EV is a step up from the LEAF with the 24 KWH battery. If priced low enough, it could sell a lot. I watched Fully Charged last night and have to admit that this car looks and seems nice. However, I seem to recall reading somewhere that this would only be sold in CAFE compliance states. Hope that I am wrong.

It is perfect for Honolulu. I will wait to order one to replace my BMW i3 (lease ends in 6 months)

I run an Ampera and over two years 50,000 miles I have averaged 110 mpg have no range anxiety on long runs and have a practical spacious smooth driving car which has been reliable , what more could you want in a car ?