Today’s Hyundai IONIQ Electric Travelled 218 City Miles On Single Charge – Video

NOV 15 2016 BY MARK KANE 24

Hyundai Motors released a video documenting a long range test of the IONIQ Electric in a South Korea city.

The all-electric Hyundai was able to drive 351.1 km (218 miles) on a single charge from its 28 kWh battery, although one should consider this record was set at an average speed of just about 50 km/h (30 mph).

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Locally, the Ministry of Environment in Korea certified the IONIQ Electric for 191.2 km (119 miles) of real world drive (compared to 124 miles/200 km in the US via the EPA).

Hardcore EV enthusiasts that don’t necessarily believe that Hyundai IONIQ Electric is actually able to exceed 200 miles, can watch the full video (a painful eight-hour marathon) from the test below.

Also of note:  recently Hyundai has said that the IONIQ Electric in 2018 will be upgraded with a larger battery to actually achieve over 200 miles of range in “normal” driving conditions.

“The Ministry of Environment officially approved that IONIQ electric’s mileage on a single charge is 191.2Km.  However, real mileage was confirmed to be 351.1Km, when it was tested.

IONIQ electric was driven at an average speed of 50Km/h in a downtown like environment, using engine brake with 3-stage regenerative braking device. Then, it recorded real mileage of 351.1Km, which is higher than official mileage.

We drove around Hangang River four times, starting from Hyundai Autoway Tower Electric-car Charge Station. As if it were in the middle of commuting, mileage was measured, while driving through downtown and congested areas, including Olympic highway and Gangbyeon highway.

You will be impressed with the real mileage of eco-friendly IONIQ electric.”

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Marina Blue

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Interior

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Interior

Quick specs IONIQ Electric:

  • 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)

Full version video of mileage testing on IONIQ electric:

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24 Comments on "Today’s Hyundai IONIQ Electric Travelled 218 City Miles On Single Charge – Video"

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Forgive me if I don’t sit through the 8 hour video ! But you could see why RL thinks it would do 150 miles of normal driving, pretty impressive for the money as it’s available now in many countries.

So this is 4.43 miles per 1kwh, how is this possible if Leaf and Model S do 3.5 miles per 1kwh. i3 does 4.2 miles. Is it all about aerodynamics at higher speeds? Will Model 3 do 4.5 miles then and with 50 kwh battery have 225 miles range. That would be plenty for me. 70kwh battery would mean 300 miles, too…

I don’t find it too surprising! Impressive numbers from the Ioniq though!

My Spark EV in the city easily gets 4.5 mi/kWh even during winter and summer. Almost all city miles. During the spring and fall I often manage 6 mi/kWh since the weather is mild and the terrain is flat around here.

In my Ford Fusion Energi, I can get 4-5 miles/kWh depending on driving conditions. Turning off the climate control, driving around 20-30mph makes it really easy.

Yeah the climate can kill performance, especially the heater. But seat and steering wheel warmers help a lot!

How do you like the fusion energy?

A relative of mine has caught the EV bug after I took them for a ride in our Volt. But they need something a little larger. Can 3 young kids comfortably fit in the back?

I suggested the Fusion Energi and Hyundai Sonata Plug in to them though I haven’t driven either of them personally.

The SPARK EV is very efficient because it’s is a little smaller and lighter. The SPARK also has very good battery management and temperature control. The batteries should last 20-30 years.
The IONIC is also pretty efficient but is larger and weighs more. It’s pretty good and should also have long battery life.

Spark EV is a fantastic car. 🙂 Efficient and fun to drive.

The Ioniq looks like a great first BEV effort for Hyundai as well!

Averaging 6.1 mi./kW with my SparkEv over
10k miles driven. Smart driving skills enable all cars to be more efficient.

Better aero, more efficient power electronics, better battery, etc. Very impressive Hyundai.

Our 24 kWh (22.6 kWh usable) Leaf S almost always goes over 100 miles in sub 30 MPH average speed city driving. The EPA may say 3.5 miles/kWh, but this is actually 3.72 m/kWh based on the usable stored energy of a new car/battery. If you ignore charging losses and just look at possible range, then our car tops out at app. 127 miles of range before VLB warning (5.6 x 22.6) for careful, low speed city driving with a new battery in Spring or Fall weather (no A/C or heating).

I suspect the Model 3 may set the new efficiency standard, at least for comparably powered vehicles. If would be nice if Tesla also offered a version with a slightly lower power motor and possibly better range and/or lower price. Like the high efficiency Honda Civic Hx or Vx of the past.

Check me if I am wrong, but Mile per kWh – I did the calculation this way – 218 miles, 28 kWh, divide 218 by 28, and I got 7.785714286, or just about 7.8 Miles per kWh!

Sure – that was at 30 Mph, but – some folks drove a Model S at those kinds of speeds in a long range test as well, and caused quite a conversation about that!

What would be Great to see – would be a Power – Energy Curve Graph at speeds from 5 Mph to 95 Mph in 5 Mph increments – FOR ALL EV’s – so we could acutaly see – based on how WE Drive, how far such a Vehicle would go! Including that in Vehicle Labeling Requirements would be the most useful!

It could be a double Graph, Wh/Mile or Wh/Km at those sample speeds, and Range at those Sample Speeds, for best understanding!

Or – it could be Miles/kWh or Kms/kWh on the one and Miles/Kms Range on the other!

SparkEV has such graphs based on meta-analysis of various cars. Too bad EPA thinks people are too stupid so they use MPGe instead.

For a typical car, the threshold for aerodynamic drag becoming >50% of the load on the drivetrain is ~28MPH. I think the IONIQ raises that to ~33-34MPH, as its Cd is probably similar to the Prius or Model S.

The EV1 was ~160Wh/mile at ~55MPH, so that is ~6.25 miles / kWh. There is a big leap as the Cd drops. The VW XL1 has the lowest drag of a “production” car, and it might even manage close to 100Wh / mile.

Aero drag equals rolling resistance around 40 mph on a typical car.

I saw the EV1’s specs claiming 120 wh/mile at 50 mph. It sounds like this was overly optimistic since 5 mph shouldn’t make that much of a difference.

However, the Solectria Sunrise probably could beat that with its composite body and superior cD.

This is not terribly surprising. I managed to get 65 miles out of a Gen-1 Volt one time from driving 30-mph in nice weather with no climate control on. That seems about on par with what one would expect from a vehicle rated at 124 miles EPA driven in the same manner.

I haven’t tried the scenario in my Gen-2 Volt, but I bet I could get 90 miles or so if I tried.

I think this is just the way electric cars are. They are very efficient at very low speeds (high miles/kwh), but this number falls when driven at highway speeds (75 mph or greater). I’d have to dig up the data, but when I first got my gen 2 volt I drove it around a mall access road many times, and convinced myself I could get 100 miles (with it’s ~14.2 Kwh usable battery). But at 10-15 mph, 100 miles was going to be painfully long – and I never actually did it. However someelse posted that they reached 108 or so miles with a gen 2 volt, so it’s just driving really slowly for A long time with the a/c & heat off.

This test is ridiculously optimistic and wildly overstates how efficient the Ioniq is. Over at the user Appleknocker has tested it and noted consumption numbers. At a constant 120 kph (indicated) he got 18 kWh/100 km, 10% better than the LEAF in similar conditions and corresponding to a range of 155 km, slightly below 100 miles. (Model S consumed another 6% or so more than the LEAF.) He does confirm that it is very efficient standing still, at very low speeds, and with much stop and go, and concludes that he thinks “nearly 300 km might be possible if you use all the tricks in the book”. Even my 2012 LEAF can drive downhill for thousands of miles, but that tells us nothing about its useful range. Hyundai clearly isn’t above designing a test specifically to produce an extreme outlier of a result and then promote it. Contrast this to the way Opel Ampera-e is being advertised with both the totally unrealistic (but less optimistic than Hyundai!) NEDC range and the upcoming (much more useful) WLTP range (380 km). I’ll keep repeating myself until Hyundai’s 2017-proof version arrives (in 2018 if all goes to plan): this is a well… Read more »

I think it’s actually other way around, the battery is high-density state-of-the-art, and it’s 28kWh weights way less then the others on the market. Because of that, such high efficiency in city where there is lots of stop\go. And when promising to double the range in 2018 they’re just waiting for the same tech to come down in price so they can put twice kWh’s. I just suspect tech is already out there (like in the Bolt) but price still bites.

I hate these unrealistic stunt claims. They just end up being an embarrassment when people realize they are completely disconnected with real world driving.

I think there was a father son team who drove a Tesla Model S over 500 miles. People have driven the lowly 24kWh LEAF almost 200 miles.

Anyhoo, hopefully it’s painfully obvious that this is a stunt, and the laws of physics firmly apply.

It has a 28kWh battery, which is likely the same basic battery in the Kia Soul EV. It will go about 100 miles, plus or minus 20-30 miles depending on many variables.

For those of you saying this is not real world driving! I live in the UK and drive in and out of London and around the South East of England. This is VERY MUCH real world driving. Please realise that there are people who live outside the US and who don’t go on road trips on freeways every weekend! For a very large part of the worlds population bumping along at 30-40 mph is very typical and normal. 🙂

Well said Gordon. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our situation isn’t the norm for everyone.

Some folks can easily get by with the range of an i-MiEV / Smart ED while others would need a Tesla S 100 range to get by. Situations vary.

That drive looked like my daily commute, Bucks County to Philadelphia. But I also have a monthly drive to Long Island, with local driving there. If there were a FCDC near my NY destination, I might be able to make it work.

With a sticker price of $29,000 it could sell very easilly. It is a nice looking car.