Hyundai Says Next Year’s Ioniq Electric Will Get A Range Boost

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric


These days, an EV needs a lot more than 124 miles of range to be relevant.

When the Hyundai Ioniq Electric went on sale early last year, it offered one the industry’s most compelling set of EV features: 124 miles of range, a price below $30,000, and a lot more passenger and cargo room than the Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, or Chevy Volt. In a sign that EV technology is moving at warp speed, that’s not nearly enough—just 18 months later.

“It will be a nice improvement but not like the Kona’s range,” said Hyundai’s Castillo.

So Hyundai is planning to increase the size of the Ioniq Electric’s battery pack next year, most likely with the 2020 model. “The Ioniq’s range will improve at the model-year change. It will get bigger,” said Gil Castillo, Hyundai’s senior group manager for alternative vehicle strategy, during our drive of the 258-mile Kona Electric last week.

“It will be a nice improvement but not like the Kona’s range,” said Castillo.

As we discussed in our first drive of the Kona EV, new EVs need two characteristics to be viable: more than 200 miles of range and a crossover body style.

Case in point: The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, a small crossover, costs $2,000 more and is less efficient than the compact Ioniq PHEV. The plug-in Niro offers 26 miles of all-electric range compared to the Ioniq’s 29 miles. At the same time, the Niro’s 105 MPGe is handily beat by the Ioniq’s 119 MPGe.

Crossovers rule

“It doesn’t matter that the Ioniq has better fuel economy,” said Castillo. “That doesn’t matter as much as the body style, which is so much more important.” Despite its superlatives, Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid sales this year are half as much as Kia sale of the Niro PHEV.

Even with a boost in battery size, the Ioniq Electric compact will struggle to get noticed at Hyundai dealership, when it’s sitting next to the 258-mile Kona EV crossover sport utility. That’s the case even though the Kona is converted from a gas-powered vehicle and the Ioniq is a purpose-built electrified platform. (The Kona EV is not on sale yet, but Hyundai has managed only 266 sales of the Ioniq Electric so far in 2018.)

Now that we know the Ioniq’s battery pack will get bigger next year, the question becomes how big? In the past couple of years, we saw Ford Focus Electric, Volkswagen E-Golf, and BMW i3 get model-year range upgrades of between 40 and 51 percent. A 50-percent increase in the Ioniq Electric’s range would bring it to 186 miles.

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So 40 kW / 164 miles?

Yep, the 40kWh size is credible since that way, the Ioniq can share the battery platform with the smaller packs of Kona and the Niro.

Great aerodynamics make it very efficient and therefor the price/range levels could be very competitive.

We allready know it has great fast charging capabilities. So also very usable for longer trips.

Hyundai Ionic Electric

Current battery pack: 28 kWh
New battery pack: 36 kWh?



You forgot this, friend.

39 kWh

This is the sort of thing we need. Not a $57k Luxury semi autonomous saloon.
A more affordable, lift gate, compact car.
Buy the time the standard range Model 3 comes out it will face a range of equivalent competitive rivals. But that was the point of Tesla anyway 😉

My hunch is when the Model 3 Standard ships, the difference will be is that Tesla will be making money on the car and everyone else will be discounting to sell their EVs for $29,000 while losing money…

Nissan makes money on every Leaf sold. They reported this sometime ago at their annual share holders meeting

Battery degradation takes them off any longterm owners list. But if your a 3 year lesse, then maybe but don’t rapid charge it.

Next year is supposed to get battery management.

What is long term to you? Our 2015 Leaf EV, with 33k miles, still has all its capacity bars. (it gets a 110v charge every night). I’ve read that the batteries have been lasting 10 years. KBB just rated it the least expensive EV to own. And I’ve looked at similar ICE cars. The depreciation is about the same with the Leaf.
I will agree – a 10yo car won’t need a new engine. And a new battery will cost what a car is worth. But then, what does 10 years of gasoline cost?

To get the same driver aids that the Leaf offers for $900, on a $37,000 car, you have to buy the Tesla 3 top model for $65k. No thanks!

No equivalent to Model 3 has even been announced yet.

I’m not sure Tesla can meet demand, if they can sell it cheap enough. Tesla needs to make money, to pay for more product development too. It may be smarter for them to stay away from the cheapest models to begin with… until their funds are sufficient. All manufacturers sell all they can (or will) make right now. Some may loose some money, others operate with a low profit margin. Will be that way for a while. As long as Tesla keeps a high steady production at their factory, they should focus on profit. If volumes drop, they should offer a cheaper version to keep production volumes high and steady.
In 2-3 years time, competition will kick in. By then they should have gained enough funds to cover development costs, and the model 3 production line is paid off. They can sell cars even cheaper, and still have an OK profit.

Hence the roadster for $150,000

Why does an electric vehicle need to be compact? The only thing I can think about is for ease of parking but Tesla has self-parking.

I would think that not having to worry about gas consumption would free us to actually have guilt-free high performance cars with lots of leg and headroom.

It should NOT be guilt free. Just less bad than the equivalent Fossil fuel vehicle. Less bad, not good.

I don’t know if I agree with this. Once it’s an electric vehicle in a place without coal-based electricity, simply having a sedan versus a compact is not going to fix enough world problems for it to be worth a personal sacrifice. The next biggest thing on the list is probably making sure I have solar panels or that I have a sustainable lawn. From my point of view, electricity is infinite if it’s renewable and we should get about harnessing it so we don’t have to fuss about energy consumption either.

Don’t worry, I barely drive as it is thanks to whoever had the foresight to put a bunch of bike lanes and bridges all over town.

Price, and also – you should tell that to the idiots that regulate parking space sizes in Europe.
You will not be able to fit a full size car, or a van in a normal parking space (many places).
In some cities a small car is more practical, especially with a small turning radius.

In many cities, especially in Europe, large cars are a royal pain, as well as unnecesary. Self-parking won’t grow the spot to fit your car, or make the street any wider. The Ioniq is not that small, anyway. It’s no Fiat 500.

What do you mean by ‘compact’?
The Ioniq EV is larger than my current station car?
Besides, I’m looking for a car and not a horrible SUV or crossover…
My last privately owned car was a 1991 MX5 and I will never get that close to the ground, but that’s what I would want again, in the future. (except for the child-seat doesn’t fit in the MX5).
Anyways, I am looking for the Ioniq EV, but need it sooner then later, so will probably order sooner instead of waiting for the larger battery pack.

Isn’t the biggest issue getting more and more compelling EVs sold? In that regard, the world needs the Tesla Model 3.

Next year plug in sales are likely to be 3~3.5million.

Production of the Model 3 will likely top out at 10-15% of that.

We need more than the model 3.

If you order one now in Norway, you will get it in the end of 2020, at best.
In other words, all EVs are welcome. People are waiting in line for about 30.000 EVs right now – and that numbers is growing rapidly.

186 miles would be great if the price stays below $30k. If the charging rate is above 150k, it would be a fantastic value.

Charging rate of 150K? $150,000? 150 Kms per Hour? What does that mean? 150 kW? And why “above”, if you mean 150 kW?

No need for 350 kW Charging in Small, High Energy Density Battery Packs! A High Power Pack, of 40 kWh, that can handle 10C+, might be OK, but most other cells are 2-3C, tops, so even 100 kW becomes a “Lot” of power for them!

I think most people don’t realise how charging and batteries work. I make not claims to be an expert either but I do realise that you can’t just keep increasing the input charge rate and expect the charging time to decrease. The way it was explained to me, it’s like filling up a glass of water. You can only increase the rate of water so much. e.g. try using a fire engine hose to fill a glass of water to the top without spilling any water.

The battery pack can only take the charge the BMS allows.

10C+ ?? Is that more than 10 times the speed of light?

Even at $30k it’d be pretty competitive.

„The Kona EV is not on sale yet, but Hyundai has managed only 266 sales of the Ioniq Electric so far in 2018.“

So this article is just about the US market. Surely the Kona EV is already on sale and the Ioniq sold more units than that per week.

It sells in spades where I live. Norway.

And in Finland there seems to be one year wait to get one…

Kona will only be available in CARB states initially so Ioniq shouldn’t have too much competition outside those. If it is available at all that is, Hyundai has great EVs but lacks so far the battery supply capacity to sell them in serious numbers.

The Ioniq EV is only available at a few dealerships in California, not even just in CARB states.

Only in southern Calif. and I would guess supply limited. Not really even a compliance car, just a demonstration model or something. A 160-200 mile range Ioniq would be very interesting to me. The Ioniq’s efficiency (MPGe) is important to the goal of lower CO2 production.

Giving it the 39 kwh battery would make sense. The Ioniq is so efficient it would go like 170 miles EPA on that battery, which would be pretty good.

The Ioniq is already very popular in Europe, and is already a practical vehicle with it’s current range. I’d say anything over 160 miles/250km if the price stays the same would keep it competitive. Yes, beside a Kona with 258miles of range it might look like a lesser vehicle, but they are still not meeting the demand from EV savvy buyers.

Those EV savvy buyers in Europe will know that the extra range might not be worth it for the extra 5-8K Euros sticker price. Especially when the Ioniq has more useable cargo space. Maybe the Kona can take a roof rack to compensate, but that knocks 15% off your range.

Agreed, the Ioniq is quite a decent vehicle with its current range. I would go as far as to say that I would prefer to see the car get a lower price rather than more range.

yeah, not a bad idea. however, since Nissan and BMW seem to be able to fit more KWH in the same space, for the same price, Hyundai should be able to do that too.

I suspect that except for Nissan & Tesla, we should take all EV pricing with a grain of salt… Most manufacturers seem to want to sell just enough to comply with emission regs in the major markets, and play with prices accordingly. They’re certainly not yet at the point where they’ve been able to fully amortize development costs.

That will likely happen in discounting the superceded model.

Will it, though? Given the discrepancy between supply and demand, there may be no old models left to discount by the time the new one comes out. It’s not like the Leaf where dealers actually had old inventory to get rid of before the new one arrived. In the case of the Ioniq, there seems to be no inventory, just waiting lists.

The e-Niro has (very slightly) more cargo space than the Ioniq, but is 10cm shorter, and, of course, a lot more range, both in the 39kWh & 64kWh versions.

When do sales go Nation Wide, in the USA?

probably not for a long long time. I think Hyundai is getting themselves ready for the EV revolution by building these EVs in small numbers, so they’ll be ready to go when battery prices and supply are ready. Until then, they don’t want to be the first movers, so they’ll only make just enough for compliance.

Battery supply is pretty much the whole game. If they aren’t working on that then they’re not serious. Running a tiny niche program in a small corner of the country means they deserve to be buried by Tesla.

Sales are doubling each year. As is battery production.

Five minutes after never.

When do they even go STATE wide in CA.

When will it get a volume of productiin boost?

When will it get a distribution boost?

Those are the boosts I’m interested in, Hyundai.

They ioniq electro is currently certainly not struggling! They are sold out the whole time. good luck getting one.

I can easily buy IONIQ (several local dealers have it in stock), but since Hyundai wants €40K for it, I might as well wait for Model 3…

Even the vapourware $35k Model 3 would at least cost 45k€, the long range won’t start below 50k€, that is if it will ever be available without the premium upgrade package else you are looking at minimum 60k€ for a Model 3 in Europe.

I’m not sure of much, but I’m sure that the base Model 3 will not cost 60k€.

The article States the ioniq is a purpose built EV, but actually it isn’t. It’s available as an ice and phev in addition to an EV. Also, low sales numbers are directly proportional to the tiny number of available cars.

İn Turkey only İCE sonra far

Not possible as there isn’t a pure ICE Version! Hybrid, Plugin-Hybrid, EV there is, no ICE Version.

The article doesn’t state that. It uses the word “electrified”, not “EV”. The HEV and PHEV drivetrains are both electrified.

The IONIQ is definitely a purpose built EV. The best efficiency on the market, beats even the Model 3.

The Ioniq’s city efficiency is higher, but loses in highway efficiency. As the speed increases to 70+mph, the Model 3 is even more efficient in comparison. Range and efficiency at higher speeds is more critical in many regions over city efficiency, especially since they are all pretty efficient already.

Note that the comparison right now is with a Model 3 LR which has a substantially bigger and heavier battery pack. When the SR ships, it will be much more efficient.

Ioniq electric is built on adapted on ICE hybrid platform, with battery pack somewhat unoptimally in the back of the car. Does not make it bad but not really optimized either. Only platforms thst do not enable using ICE at all are dedicated EV s to my reckoning.

No, not adapted. From the get go the platform was designed to have only electrified drivetrains, 3 of them. They’re all very efficient — great aerodynamics, better than the Prius.

I used to think this too, that the design was less optimal than a dedicated EV design would be. However, the design of the Ioniq does also have some advantages over the skateboard layout. For example, there’s more rear passenger legroom than there would be on a skateboard design.

Slightly more efficient.

Purose built electrified platform: HEV, PHEV and EV.

I’ve never seen a regular ICE version being introduced. In which market is that?

To be fair, the Ioniq’s range wasn’t enough when it was introduced. A Bolt can go literally twice as far as an Ioniq before charging, and the updated Leaf can go farther at nearly the same price point. Hyundai needed to increase the range to make Ioniq a more attractive buy.

The Bolt may go twice as far before charging, but the Ioniq charges faster. On the highway (where it matters), the new Leaf won’t go significantly further than the Ioniq thanks to the latter’s superior aerodynamics. When it’s time to charge, the Ioniq will again charge faster.

It needs 200 miles on the range

Rumor has it the Ioniq will get a 40 kWh battery. I think that is 40 kWh available. 184 miles that is. With the efficiency and the fast charging of the Ioniq that’s actually quite good. But if it would get 45 kWh it could actually get more than 200 miles of range and that’s a psychologal number one would like to pass. Either way the Ioniq highway range will be almost as good as the niro ev due to the aerodynamics.

Why increase the range if the vehicle is not available nation-wide!

What nation?

Probably the U.S.

Yes, the U.S. but it’s not even STATE wide in the one state, CA, where it’s sold.

mexico 😀

“These days, an EV needs a lot more than 124 miles of range to be relevant.”
Maybe for other ev…but for Ionic with its super fast charging this was actually enough…the main problem is not its range, it’s Hyundai.

Probably it will get the 39.5kWh battery from the Kona(the small battery, not the large one).
I wish it would get the 64kWh battery, that would get it to 283 miles per charge, at a cost of less than $40k brand new, charging in 55 minutes from a DCFC. If they could produce enough of them to sell everywhere in the US(Yep, US counts as well, not everyone lives in Europe.), then it could be a viable competitor for Model 3.

Don’t come here and complain about USA. You always have everything first. The model 3, the Chevrolet bolt. The Kona is finally coming to Europe in small numbers. Last month about 1000 of them came up Europe, that’s what Tesla produces in a day or two…

Yet, most Volvo PHEV, Peugeot, Renault, Skoda, and others never get to the USA. Hyundai sells bunches of EV in Norway, but they don’t even stock them in the US(apart from CARB states, even then, we get tiny amounts).

I’ve heard of 38 kwh battery…

And still won’t be sold in Pennsylvania.

The Ioniq battery is optimized for charging speed, sacrificing energy density. I do not belive it will use the same battery in the future either, if it wants to continue with its fast charging (2.8C).

The charging speed is what makes this car.

Contrast this with the Ford Fusion Energi. 20 miles since 2013… oh wait they had to up it next year to keep the tax credit so now 25.

Supposedly going to 25 mi. rating for 2019 model year.

200 is the new 125…

Yes, drop those miles units and use km instead!

I’m really past caring about this car. 124 miles was plenty as it was. They could easily be selling 2,000 units a month in the USA if it were just offered for sale, but it isn’t, nor will it ever be. The range increase is great, but if you can’t buy the car, who cares?

I kind of agree. There is nothing wrong with the current model, they just don’t make enough. Not everybody wants to wait 2 years for a car.
I have tested this car, and it is very energy efficient. Hyundai does something right with their motor and drivetrain.
I feel like they (can) loose that advantage, since it’s not made in high numbers. They will not benefit from their engineering. Others can reverse engineer the car, and try to incorporate the same energy efficiency – and start volume production before Hyundai does.

39,x kWh net / 42 kWh gross

So sad this is vaporware and will have barely any impact on EV adoption anywhere. I haven’t seen a single Ioniq in my non-Carb state while Tesla / GM are going strong here.

Too slow to act on the range upgrade, there will be better EVs by then.

Go with the 64Kwh and Update that Body Style While They’re at It . Oooops ! ……. I Must of Been Dreaming Again.,

Just hotair.
They will sell only in markets with high subsidies like S. Korea, California, some European countries and its just to grab all the money.
If Fed stops the $7,500 rebate, then all these Ioniq, Kona, Niro wont even enter USA.

Pretty hard to sell anything if you don’t build or offer them for sale. The ioniq bev has not been for sale this year at any significant numbers…and I’m in ca. I’ve checked several times this year with dealership in so cal n nor cal and they simply say they have no ioniq bevs for sale.
This new longer range ioniq ev will hopefully have much more than 200 miles of range.

I disagree. I thin the 124 mile range of the ioniq combined with its 70 KW fast charging and it good efficiency at high speed make it still a good car nowadays. If you drive 200 miles than the ioniq will be at the goal faster than the 150 miles Nissan leaf.

Australia 2019 model, a fan of the 2016 model, and yet it’s still coming with to Australia with the 28kwh battery, in Australia, feeling let down, pissed off , perhaps I should just go on the waiting list for a model 3, which is kicking assay the moment?

180-190 miles would be good if it comes with a decent price reduction say $29,000 new medium equipped plus $7500 credit

I have a 2017 Ionic EV with the 28kwh battery. Will an upgrade be made available to existing owners? I like the size and utility of the Ionic and have no desire to buy a Kona. A 40kwh battery pack would provide a good boost to the Ionic’s range.

As a Ioniq EV owner and a Kona EV owner, I can say without a doubt that Castillo is wrong in his suggestion that the Ioniq will be lost in relation to the Kona in the showroom. I will be buying the upgraded Ioniq before any other Vehicle as it has a much better look, just ask the owners. Comfort and style are better in the Ioniq and turns more heads than the Kona. If the Ioniq had the range of the Kona I would not have bought the Kona.