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 elbilforum.no 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.
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?
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?