Hyundai IONIQ electric range test
Hyundai Motor decided to test how much range can its electric car get.
Before the video here’s the description:
“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.”
While it’s true that 50 km/h is a very low speed, it shows us how much efficient the Hyundai IONIQ electric can be.
Now that Renault Zoe has an online range calculator we can compare the two electric cars.
With similar conditions the Renault Zoe can achieve 388 km range, that’s only 37 km more than IONIQ’s test result. This 10,5 % difference in range seems little when we compare both batteries. We know that the Hyundai IONIQ electric has a 28 kWh usable battery capacity, while Zoe’s is 41 kWh, this is 46 % more.
The range difference decreases with higher speeds, since the Hyundai IONIQ is much more aerodynamic. At 120 km/h the IONIQ electric might even have more range than the Renault Zoe R90 with the ZE 40 battery.
Regarding weight, the Hyundai IONIQ electric weighs 1.420 kg and the Renault Zoe R90 with ZE 40 battery is just 30 kg heavier.
As you can see, the Hyundai IONIQ electric is not only more aerodynamic but also lighter. Curiously, both electric cars have batteries made with LG Chem cells.
Currently the Renault Zoe is the most sold plug-in car in Europe this year and it’s my favorite electric car, mostly thanks to its very useful internal 22 kW internal charger and its supermini shape. But it’s not perfect. In some aspects the Hyundai IONIQ electric is superior to the Renault Zoe.
Let’s see some advantages of the IONIQ electric when compared to the Zoe:
- 100 kW CCS fast charging capability. Not only CCS allows faster charging, a direct DC connection to the battery allows the implementation of V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) in the future.
- More efficient.
- Better standard equipment. For example, the Renault Zoe only gets the heated seats in the highest trim.
- Seats fold in 60/40 configuration.
- Safer. Fitted with Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Smart Cruise Control.
- Better battery warranty, 200.000 km instead of 160.000 km.
We were all disappointed with the small battery capacity when the Hyundai IONIQ electric was finally unveiled, but all in all it’s a great electric car. In some aspects there is no better. Its efficiency is unmatched. The only car I see beating it, would be a BEV version of the Toyota Prius Prime, but we all know what Toyota thinks about BEVs…
Hyundai IONIQ’s biggest problem might be the low production rate.
What do you think about the Hyundai IONIQ electric? Does it compensate the small battery capacity with other unique features?