Hyundai IONIQ electric highway range

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

Not very long ago Hyundai Motor tested the IONIQ electric at ridiculously low speeds and got 351,1 km range as you can see it here.

Now that this electric car is arriving Europe, we start to see it tested at more common speeds by normal drivers.


AppleKnocker, member of the Norwegian EV community, tested the highway range of three different electric cars at 120 km/h constant speed. The outside temperature was 3º C, the climate system was set to 22º C and the road was practically flat.

The results he got are not surprising, but very interesting.


Hyundai IONIQ electric: 18 kWh/100 km, corresponding to 155 km range

2014 Nissan Leaf: 20,4 kWh/100 km, corresponding to 100 km range

2015 Tesla Model S: 21,5 kWh/100 km, corresponding to 350 km range


AppleKnocker says that the efficiency difference is even higher at lower speeds. At 50-60 km/h the Hyundai IONIQ electric is so efficient, that he believes it belongs to another league. He feels that a 300 km range is achievable with short trips around town. This statement is supported by the amazing results Hyundai Motor got when they tested it at 50 km/h and got 351,1 km range.


How about the Renault Zoe? Let’s use the online range calculator to have an idea.


Renault Zoe range estimation at 120 km/h

Renault Zoe range estimation at 120 km/h


We get 172 km range in similar conditions. What’s surprising is how much the outside temperature affects Zoe’s range, because if we drop it to 0º C, the range also drops to 157 km. Only 5º C of difference represents 15 km less range. While we can’t draw any definitive conclusion from a online range calculator result, it gives us a rough idea of what to expect.


In another occasion, in the USA, the Chevrolet Bolt EV was driven at the same 120 km/h constant speed for 306 km until the battery was depleted, as you can see it here. The main known difference, in addition to different routes, is that the outside temperature was much higher, since California, unlike Norway is a very sunny place.


Ok, the Hyundai IONIQ electric is super efficient, but can it become even more?


Hyundai IONIQ hybrid land speed record car

Hyundai IONIQ hybrid land speed record car


Sure it can, just put lightweight aero wheels and wheel covers in it.


When people think of Toyota Prius, they think about hybrids, while to me it’s just a very efficient ICE car. The same thing comes to mind when I think about the Hyundai IONIQ electric, it’s just a very efficient electric car. It’s the Toyota Prius of EVs. Both cars are very appealing to eco car enthusiasts, since they can become even better with minor and simple DIY tweaks.

I can see the Hyundai IONIQ electric becoming a cult car, specially to former Toyota Prius owners that love to beat efficiency records in their daily driving.


What do you think? Is the Hyundai IONIQ electric surprising you? Or did you already expected the unparalleled efficiency?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

Nice range but still hope for the bigger battery…

Jonas Jovial
4 years ago

It would be a winner if it had a bigger battery /something like 40 kWh usable)….

Ralf K.
4 years ago

I guess, true efficiency enthusiasts will love their sports shoes, roller blades, bikes, human powered vehicles, electric bikes, cargo bikes, e-scooters to get around town, eventually a Brompton bike paired with the underground for commuting. For “short trips around town” (your words) an individually owned car to them looks quite unsuitable, as it adds enormous weight, enormous physical size, requiring lots of parking space and an enormous investment of >30.0000 EUR. If you emphasize those small 10-20% of difference between these three BEVs (“another league”) AppleKnocker and you kind of disregard all those way more efficient alternatives. Even if it’s only a cheap used Twizy.

Some people (with no kids) may like their Twike (way more efficient) for car-like driving long-distance trips instead of heavy and bulky cars, even Prius and ioniq.

They will like electric high-speed trains like Eurostar, TGV, ICE, Shinkansen instead of cars and airplanes for long-distance travelling, making nationwide Supercharger networks look as inefficient as the former relay network of horse changes/hostels for mail delivery.

When I think of ioniq electric, it’s just a regular BEV car just like you consider Prius an efficient ICE car. Regular cars themselves (no matter whether with ICE or electric powertrain) to me look like a waste of resources, not like a role model for efficiency, unless you actually make use of their seats and cargo space. The view of an American with a V8 pick-up truck or SUV may likely differ from that. To him or her, a Prius appears already like an efficiency-oriented “electric” alternative, but not because Prius is so efficient in absolute terms to move 1-2 persons around town, but because the comparison object sets the perspective.

Your blog is called “push EVs”. Currently this understanding of vehicles is restricted to regular M1 cars only. For efficiency considerations, at least L7e cars should be added to the equation. Drop those concepts (Nils, Rake, LandGlider from the Concepts menu) and add available production light-weight cars like Twike, CityEL and Twizy. Those guys are “another leage” for travelling at city speed.

Telmo Salgado
4 years ago


Telmo Ramiro Salgado
Thu 11/24/2016 11:35 AM
‘Telmo Salgado’ ([email protected]);
Hi, Pedro.
I don’t really agree with you on the Prius being “just a very efficient ICE car”. Many enthusiasts have been adapting it to plug-in much before Toyota did it.
When we see Hyundai and journalists referring to the Prius consistently, for sure is not a coincidence.
And in fact, production Prius PHV (2012-2015) still managed very high MPGe results, even with the littlest battery of all plug-in-hybrids available.
After the recent results for comparing Ioniq hybrid with the latest Prius4 (2016-) we see there is much for Hyundai to do in this efficiency matter. And if we go back to the Prius3 (2009-2015) is easy to see the Ioniq hybrid still does not clearly win.

carlos costa
4 years ago

Pedro, the regular Prius can actually move, for a few meters or even miles, using electricity only. So, what do you call that? Just a effcient ICE?

carlos costa
4 years ago

Whow, that’s your best argument?

Brian Fish
4 years ago

Pedro you mention ‘with a few simple tweaks these cars can be improved’. Where can I find these tweaks?

Just ordered an Ioniq Electric

Brian Fish
4 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Hi Pedro.
Thanks for your reply. Will have a good look at the site. Have to wait until mid/end of April, not easy for a young lad (78).