2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric arrives this September with more range

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The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai IONIQ will receive their facelift first in July, two months later the electric version will get its.

The battery capacity will increase from 28 to 38,3 kWh (37 %), while the range will increase from 280 to 378 km (NEDC), matching the Nissan LEAF’s (40 kWh version) range. The fact that the battery capacity increases by 37 % while the range increases “only” by 35 % makes me conclude that the battery is slightly heavier, contributing for a minor efficiency decrease.

Nonetheless, the ranges that matter are the realistic ones, by this I mean the WLTP and EPA. While the WLTP range should increase from 204 to 277 km, the EPA range should increase from 124 to 168 miles. I would say that 300 km (186 miles) in the summer and 250 km (155 miles) in the winter will be easily achieved.

Other than the new battery, the facelift will also bring a new front grill, new wheels, some exterior changes at the front and back and minor changes in the interior. The electric motor remains with the same power rating.

There are still some questions to be answered, such as:

  • Will the TMS and BMS remain the same? Liquid-cooling would be great…
  • Will the fast charging peak power remain at around 70 kW?
  • Will a longer range version arrive later to compete with the Nissan LEAF e+?
  • How many units Hyundai wants to produce and sell?
  • Will the electric remain much more expensive than the complex hybrid variant?


The Hyundai IONIQ is a great case study considering that it’s available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric variants. Not only to see what people want to buy, but also what automakers want to sell. For example, I see no reason why the electric version with its tiny battery is roughly 10.000 euros more expensive than the complex hybrid that includes two powertrains, other than the fact that the automaker prefers to sell higher maintenance cars…

Anyway, while it’s obvious that the automaker is favoring the higher maintenance variant, I’m curious to see how well the hybrid will sell when the longer range electric version becomes available.


This was the scenario in 2018.

Hyundai Motor Company sales in 2018



  • IONIQ (Hybrid): 3.662
  • IONIQ (PHEV): 158
  • IONIQ (Electric): 5.606


Rest of the World

  • IONIQ (Hybrid): 52.514
  • IONIQ (PHEV): 8.819
  • IONIQ (Electric): 15.396


The facelift will probably arrive too late to make the scenario of 2019 much different from 2018, nonetheless things look promising for 2020.


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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™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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2 years ago

Disappointed it isnโ€™t getting the 64KWh battery yet. This highlights Hyundaiโ€™s reluctance to take EVs seriously. Still underproduced (Ioniq and especially the Kona). A 64KWh (>300 mile range) Ioniq would blow the competition out of the water (Leaf et al.) With the Ioniq known to have one of the best aerodynamic efficiencies in the market itโ€™s just waiting to be the market leader.

2 years ago
Reply to  BDC

The 64 kWh battery does not physically fit in the Ioniq.

Michael Roberts
2 years ago
Reply to  RNMentropy

I find it hard to believe they can’t squeeze it in somehow, after all the Kia Soul is getting the 64 kWh battery.

2 years ago

Will the electric remain much more expensive than the complex hybrid variant?

I think the new version will be even more expansive. Otherwise it would be equal in terms of costs against the Kona 39 kWh version ( even slightly cheaper ). If the Kona 39 kWh will cost around โ‚ฌ 35.000, is it about 11.500 euro more expensive that the comfort hybrid (โ‚ฌ23.800) model. Since the Ioniq Comfort costs about โ‚ฌ28.000 I expect that the price of the new Ioniq will be raised to โ‚ฌ39.000. Otherwise it will outclass the Kona 39kWh version, because the Kona is a cheaper car basically.

THe Ioniq is also doen’t need to be cheaper than the Leaf or Kona. If the price is comparable to the Leaf, the Ioniq may still be a better choise, because the Leaf lack some of the features of the Ioniq with less efficiently.

2 years ago
Reply to  Stefan

Interesting, in Denmark the Ioniq is available in two versions, Trend and Premium. The Ioniq Trend has currently a list price of about 34.000 Euro and the Ioniq Premium of about 37.300 Euro and that is regardless of the powertrain. So Electric, PHEV and HEV are priced the same.
The Kona Electric is more expensive, the base version (Trend with 39 kWh battery) starts at around 36.600 Euro. The ceapest Kona ICE starts at around 24.600 Euro.

Counter-Strike Cat
2 years ago

The Soul is much higher, the battery has space under the seats.

2 years ago

I think that it is strange that the range still isn’t given in the current norm (WLTP), no car no matter with what powertrain should after the 1. September 2018 be offered with a NEDC range.
Besides that I have to say that it is too little too late.

2 years ago

My guess is that this new Ioniq will still sell in moderate amounts in Europe where buyers are fine with the ~270 km range, as long as Hyundai manages to keep the price down below the Leaf e+ and the longer range Konas and Niros.

2 years ago

The Ioniq battery is already pretty squeezed in. The original design was to a large extent a compromise with the hybrid versions. I’m impressed they’re managing to squeeze 38 kWh in, and it’s quite an okay upgrade considering the Ioniq’s excellent energy efficiency and fast quick charging speed for the budget category (though others are starting to catch up). It’s quite enough for many practical user needs, not every car needs to have a massive battery.

I’m pretty sure Huyndai are doing their best in this respect considering the constraints imposed by earlier design decisions, and the Kona shows that they’re willing to offer higher capacity models for those in actual need. Now, the availability issue is another thing (but as AFAIK this is on an industry-wide level at least partially a function of battery availability, it’s quite possible that they actually have the ability to make more cars if they _don’t_ put massive batteries in all of them).

2 years ago

What do you think that the automaker will allow the present owner (28 kwh battery) to upgrade the 38.3kwh battery by 2020? It can only run 280km (NEDC) for full charge.

Andy Allenton
2 years ago

Pedro Lima,

If you could upgrade the battery in a cost-effective manner it’d be a first for EVs. We should all remember that these cars are of finite life and all lose money.

2 years ago

Nissan Leaf managed to upgrade from 24KWh to 30kWh and later to 40kWh without marginal price increase. I expect same from Hyundai Ioniq.