Hyundai IONIQ electric highway range

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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Nice range but still hope for the bigger battery…

Jonas Jovial

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

Ralf K.

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… Read more »

Telmo Salgado

pushevs TS Telmo Ramiro Salgado Thu 11/24/2016 11:35 AM Inbox To: ‘Telmo Salgado’ ([email protected]); Evernote 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… Read more »

Hi Telmo.

The Prius being just a very efficient ICE car should be seen as a compliment, since ICE cars are inherently inefficient, every gain in efficiency is a hard and worthy task.

In my opinion a hybrid car to justify that designation must be plug-in and make at least half of its miles in electric mode. Charging the battery with regenerative braking is not enough to call them hybrids IMO.

carlos costa

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?


I can also hold my breath for 2 minutes under water, that doesn’t make me a fish, I’m still a mammal.

A very efficient mammal 😉

carlos costa

Whow, that’s your best argument?

No argument, just having fun.

Brian Fish

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

Just ordered an Ioniq Electric

Hi Brian.

I was referring to simple DIY tweaks that have been used by hybrid car owners.

You can see some examples below:

Have fun driving the IONIQ!

Brian Fish

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).