This is a big disappointment for me. I really expected more from IONIQ EV.
The T configuration battery has its limitations.
With a 88 kW electric motor, a top speed of 150 km/h and an EPA range of 105 miles (169 km) this car would have been great in 2010. In 2016 it already feels dated. The only things that makes it a little better are some safety features that aren’t present in most current EVs. By this I mean automatic emergency braking system (AEB) and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC).
Now the only way that this EV can be successful is by having a lower price than the current EV offer. Since the Chevrolet Bolt will arrive just a few months later and by then Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3 will have more range with the upgraded batteries coming this summer.
Well, since I tend to look for the positive in every situation, I think that the drag coefficient of 0,24 makes this car more efficient than most of the competition. The Nissan Leaf for example has a real drag coefficient of 0,32 (officially is 0,29).
I also want to know how will it handle fast charging. Since Kia Soul EV from Hyundai’s sister company is known for charging faster than the competition, when the CHAdeMO charging station supports it. I think that the American and European versions will drop CHAdeMO in favor of CCS.