Hyundai IONIQ electric is even better than we thought
This electric car keeps surprising us.
Months ago Hyundai released the initial EPA figures for the Hyundai IONIQ electric car as you can see it here.
Hyundai estimated an EPA range of 110 miles (177 km) and an efficiency of 125 MPGe (16,75 kWh/100 km). This initial estimation seems to be very pessimistic since the Nissan Leaf with the 30 kWh battery (28 kWh usable) has a 107 EPA miles range, only 3 miles less than the Hyundai IONIQ electric that is a lot more efficient and has a similar usable battery capacity.
But now that we are approaching the Los Angeles Auto Show, where Hyundai will show its electric car to the USA public, it seems that Hyundai has revised its own EPA estimations about range and efficiency.
Hyundai now says that the IONIQ electric has a 124 miles (200 km) range and a combined efficiency of 136 MPGe (15,4 kWh/100 km). And remember that EPA figures measure the efficiency from plug-to-wheels, so charging efficiency also counts.
These new figures make even more sense now that we start to get real road tests in Europe that prove that the Hyundai IONIQ electric is a lot more efficient than other electric cars currently available.
I wonder how much more range the IONIQ electric would have if 15-inch wheels (standard on the hybrid variant) were used instead of 16-inch wheels that are standard on the electric variant.
Until we see the EPA figures in the fueleconomy.gov website, consider the figures provided by Hyundai as estimations that can change again.
Let’s compare the Hyundai IONIQ electric to other successful electric cars that aren’t Tesla.
Efficiency and Range:
- 2017 Hyundai IONIQ electric: 136 MPGe (15,4 kWh/100 km) – 124 miles (199,56 km)
- 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 119 MPGe (17,64 kWh/100 km) – 238 miles (383 km)
- 2017 BMW I3 BEV (94 Ah battery): 118 MPGe (17,75 kWh/100 km) – 114 miles (183,47 km)
- 2016 Nissan Leaf (30 kWh battery): 112 MPGe (18,7 kWh/100 km) – 107 miles (172,2 km)
In 2018, the Hyundai IONIQ electric is promised to get a new battery with a capacity around 42 kWh, 50 % more than the current 28 kWh.
Now that Toyota is more receptive to electric cars, it should definitely make an all electric Toyota Prius, it would be a very efficient electric car, similar to the Hyundai IONIQ electric.
As a side note, after very positive first test drive reports – mostly done in the sunny California – on the Chevrolet Bolt EV, I fear that we might be a little disappoint with the Opel Ampera-e in places colder than California. I saw a test drive of Opel Ampera-e in Germany and my initial feeling is that this car loses a lot more efficiency in colder climates than the Hyundai IONIQ electric. This is probably the confirmation that the Chevrolet Bolt EV doesn’t have a heat pump. Well, at least it has heated seats…
What do you think? Would you like to see more automakers following the Hyundai’s example and start to make more efficient electric cars? Or you only care about brute battery capacity?
Update: it’s official on the fueleconomy.gov website, we have 136 MPGe (combined), 150 MPGe (city), 122 MPGe (highway) and a range of 124 miles.