In Germany the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric will have a starting price of 34.900 euros. The old model is still listed with a starting price of 33.300 euros.
- Range of the Ioniq Electric increases by 36 percent to 294 km (WLTP)
- Bigger battery and more power for more driving pleasure
- New design, more safety and comfort, new Blue Link® telematics system
|Type||Permanent magnet synchronous electric motor (AC)|
|Maximum Performance||100 kW / 136 hp|
|Maximum torque||295 Nm|
|Top speed||165 km/h|
|CO2 emissions, combined||0 g/km|
|Battery capacity||38 kWh|
|Battery power output||113 kW|
|Energy density||112,4 Wh/kg (without battery heating)
111,2 Wh/kg (with battery heating)
|On Board Charger|
|Loading capacity||7,2 kW|
As we already knew the new model had its battery capacity increased by 36 percent, from 28 to 38 kWh. Moreover, the motor was also upgraded and has been boosted from 88 kW (120 hp) to 100 kW (136 hp). Sadly, the low nominal voltage of the battery is also confirmed. This will decrease the charging rate at DC fast chargers.
Anyway, it’s hard not to compare this electric car with the PEUGEOT e-208, which has a battery with 21 percent more usable capacity (46 instead of 38 kWh), but the WLTP range is only 16 percent better (340 instead of 294 km). This shows us that efficiency matters and the Hyundai IONIQ Electric remains a super efficient electric car.
On the other hand, the PEUGEOT e-208 battery has higher nominal voltage since it follows a 108s2p configuration, while the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric has a 88s2p configuration (less cells in series). The higher voltage allows the PEUGEOT e-208 to charge 80 % of the battery in just 30 minutes at a DC fast charger, while the new Hyundai IONIQ Electric requires almost the double (54 minutes).
The on-board charger of the PEUGEOT e-208 is also faster (11 instead of 7,2 kW).
Another thing that isn’t great on the Hyundai IONIQ Electric is its bad rear visibility, which is a safety problem. This is something that Hyundai should take notice and solve next year, when it launches a new platform dedicated to BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles).
What do you think? Is the super efficiency of the Hyundai IONIQ Electric enough to make it more appealing than the increasing number of alternatives that start to appear?
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