When Hyundai revealed that the battery capacity was only 28 kWh for the electric version, it was a big disappointment. But now it’s time to analyze the pros in this car.
Hyundai IONIQ Electric is compatible with 100 kW CCS charging stations, but actually what does it means?
Most of current CHAdeMO and CCS charging stations are advertised as 50 kW capable, but 100 kW is already possible with these charging standards.
These are theoretical rates don’t happen in the real world, because they consider 500 V, when normally electric cars maximum charge voltage is set at 396 V.
Since electric cars never charge at the maximum voltage these charging stations can handle, the limitation is in the Amps. Most stations are limited to 125 Amps but 200 Amps is already possible with charging stations rated as 100 kW capable (500 V x 200 A).
Charging at 396 V and 125 Amps equals 49,5 kW. At 200 Amps equals 79,2 kW.
Hyundai says the IONIQ will fast charge from empty to 80 % in 24 minutes. This means that the IONIQ will never charge at 100 kW, it’s just marketing, like the fast charging capability in the Kia Soul EV. But at least it will reach the current limit of 125 Amps of most DC fast chargers that are available today.
IONIQ Electric also has an internal charger capable of 6,6 kW and complete the charge from empty to full in 4-5 hours.
Comparing to the electric leader, Nissan Leaf the IONIQ is:
- More efficient (lighter and more aerodynamic)
- Faster DC charging
- It looks better, at least for the majority
- The Hyundai warranty should be longer. Kia and Hyundai are known for offering longer warranties than the competition
- Better safety features
Price and availability are still unknown. The Kia Soul EV for example is very difficult to buy in some countries where it’s officially available. I think that the battery supplier (SK Innovation) is the most probable responsible, but with LG Chem making the battery for IONIQ, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Since the range it’s not the best in class, lower price could make the IONIQ more appealing.
If the upcoming Opel Ampera-e offers double the range but at double the price, I think that Hyundai IONIQ Electric has a reason to exist.