New Hyundai IONIQ Electric with more range than expected

New Hyundai IONIQ Electric with more range than expected
New Hyundai IONIQ Electric

In the new enhanced Hyundai IONIQ Electric the battery capacity is increased by 36,8 percent from 28 to 38,3 kWh and the WLTP range is 311 km (193 miles). In June, Hyundai expected the WLTP range to be 294 km (183 miles), so this new figure is a nice surprise.

I should mention that I think that Hyundai underestimated the WLTP on the previous model, because the Volkswagen e-Golf had a similar EPA range (125 instead of 124 miles) but got a WLTP range of 231 km, while the Hyundai IONIQ Electric only got 204 km.

As for the EPA rating of the new model, it’s not known yet, but it should be around 168 miles (270 km).


Let’s see some highlights of the press release.


The new IONIQ Electric’s battery has been upgraded from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh, meaning drivers can go even further between charges. It boasts 36% additional energy storage capacity, offering a total of 311 kms of range. Its e-motor delivers a maximum power of 136 PS and 295 Nm of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2-kW on-board charger – an upgrade from current 6.6-kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach 80% charge in as little as 54 minutes.


New Hyundai IONIQ Electric interior


An updated interior design

As well as the new convenience features, the new IONIQ’s reimagined interior incorporates new design factors to enhance its sophisticated image. In addition to standard Fossil Grey cloth seat trim, customers have the option of four leather seat colours: Fossil Grey, Shale Grey, Red Umber (exclusive for hybrid and plug-in) and Electric Shadow (exclusive to electric version). Meanwhile, the dashboard garnish arrives in Dark Chrome Accent.

Below the new wide screen 10.25-inch AVN screen, the control panel for heating and climate control has been redesigned and sports a sleek, glossy finish. New touch-type control buttons allow for intuitive operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The IONIQ Electric standard high-resolution 7-inch LCD console display (optional for hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions) has been improved with mood lighting to visualise the different drive mode themes. To round off the improved modern interior design, blue ambient lighting has been applied across the passenger-side lower dashboard and the centre console.


New Hyundai IONIQ Electric with seats folded down


Enhanced driving features

Taking a cue from its similarly innovative Kona Electric sibling, as a maximum use of regenerative braking technology, the new IONIQ Electric adopts 1-paddle driving capability, which allows drivers to stop the car by simply holding onto the left paddle shift lever with often no need to engage the braking pedal. Working thus via Smart Regenerative Braking, the level of energy recuperation is automatically adjusted depending on the road incline and traffic situation in front when coasting.

The new IONIQ Electric also features Eco+, which supplements the standard Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes. By selecting the Eco+ mode, drivers reduce their energy consumption and the car’s remaining energy can be extended during unforeseeable emergency situations.

The new IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in will be available to customers from July 2019. The electric version will follow in September 2019.



The new improved Hyundai IONIQ Electric is a very complete electric car with amazing efficiency, decent range and packed with safety features. The only down side when compared to the previous model is the lower charging rates at DC fast chargers – due to its battery now having lower nominal voltage (less battery cells in series).

Nonetheless, as always, it’s availability and price that will determine its success. Unfortunately regarding availability I’m not very optimistic. Kia and Hyundai build great electric cars but don’t seem motivated enough to sell them.



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Pedro Lima
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Francesc Signes
10 months ago

Well done Hyunday

10 months ago

‘Kia and Hyundai build great electric cars but don’t seem motivated enough to sell them.’

Wrong. They sell these primarily in the CARB states in the US,, and they sell as many as they can make. Not only here, but in other countries as well. I’ve been begging for them to open up the market to WI for the Kona EV.

What was a decent article is tainted by your lack of knowledge of the ‘availability’ issues

John M
10 months ago
Reply to  dan

So, what did he say that you didn’t agree?

10 months ago
Reply to  dan

Yes, they do sell as many as they can make, but Pedro is correct in that they don’t seem motivated enough to increase production to meet demand. There has been a lot more demand for Hyundai/Kia EVs compared to their production for years, and they still don’t seem to be intending to increase production that much.

Jonni Lehtiranta
10 months ago
Reply to  dan

I’m in Finland. Same thing here, there were waiting times of one year and Hyundai was bringing 2 – 5 electric Ioniqs into the country per month. The total of this year, Jan – Jul, is 38 Ioniq evs (and 60 Kona evs).

Last month, there were 55 of them sold in the US. This is up from the 35 that were sold in July 2018. The recent low was in April, when they sold nine electric Ioniqs in the US.

10 months ago
Reply to  dan

As many as they can make… five. WOW. Blown away. Are they making them by hand?

10 months ago

Any info about the battery temperature management?

10 months ago
Reply to  Ricardo

No new information, therefore it should remain active air cooling (not liquid).

10 months ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Thanks for the update Pedro keep the good work you are doing.

Michael E Lutz
10 months ago

I would like to know more about the PHEV Ioniq ranges…and specs for 2020.

10 months ago

I agree on everything you said here Pedro, however, this isn’t the second generation Ioniq, but rather a mid-cycle facelift with some big upgrades in terms of battery tech and interior. The new generstion (2nd) is expected to arrive to the market in 2 to 3 years.

10 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Thanks Mike, you’re right.

10 months ago

Is the battery still LiPo, so supposedly more robust when it comes to higher temperatures and a longer lifespan?

10 months ago
Reply to  Carlos

Nowadays LiPO (Lithium Polymer) is just a marketing hype, it really doesn’t matter.

10 months ago

Hyundai should be ashamed from theirselve. South Korea has some fine battery makers, but the volume of evs produced are not in the same ballpark. Oh well, guess they’ll delay the transition for as long as they can. Shame.

10 months ago
Reply to  Manuel

It must be frustrating to be an engineer working at Hyundai or Kia. They do amazing work and develop great electric cars, but their bosses don’t seem to care.

Magnus H
10 months ago

Isn’t this the same battery tech as in Kona (with the small pack)? That’s why the charging specification is much slower. Previous version had different type of chemistry, I have been told.

10 months ago
Reply to  Magnus H

Different battery chemistries explain it only partially:

2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric (28 kWh / 360 V): 0-80 % in 23 minutes / average 58,4 kW
2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric (38,3 kWh / 319,4 V): 0-80 % in 54 minutes / average 34 kW

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric (39,2 kWh / 327 V): 0-80 % in 54 minutes / average 34,8 kW
2019 Hyundai Kona Electric (64 kWh / 356 V): 0-80 % in 54 minutes / average 56,9 kW

The average charging rate is at the battery level, at the CCS fast charger is a bit higher because of efficiency losses.