In response to Tesla dominating the electric car market, competing manufacturers have steadily started to focus more on developing electric cars not only to respond with their own take of what an electric car should be, but also to keep up with emerging government regulations. Hyundai released the Ioniq EV in 2017 as an electric commuter for those who want to spend less time and money at fuel pumps and take advantage of $7,500 in tax rebates. After spending time with the Ioniq EV, Charlie hooked it up to a local ChargePoint station to see how far this little car can travel at highway speeds on a single charge. Chances are you’d use alternative transportation for a road trip, but we like to keep manufacturers on their toes by conducting our own test of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric range.
After completing almost 100 miles of driving during our Hyundai Ioniq Electric range test and a little over four hours of charging, Charlie found the Ioniq Electric to consume 26.374 kWh, or kilowatt hours. After factoring a 90% efficiency rate of the level 2 charge due to heat loss or other variables, Charlie calculated the Ioniq EV to take about 23.733 kWh or almost 4 miles per kWh. For comparison, the EPA found the Ioniq to consume 25 kWh per 100 miles or 121 MPGe highway.
If you were curious how far you might travel with the Ioniq in case you did have a small trip you’re planning, then the 38.3 kWh battery capacity multiplied by the 4 miles per kWh would provide about 150 miles of range on a 55 degree day. Outside temperature does play a factor to how far an EV can go on a charge among others. If you’d like to learn more about real world EV range tests, read our write-up of the Tesla Model Y range or Toyota RAV4 Prime EV range!
How We Test the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq EV Range:
This Daily Motor real-world highway-fuel-economy test of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq EV range consists of almost 100 miles of consistent highway driving. We first charge the car to 100% then drive about 50 miles on public highway in one direction and then back in the opposite direction, attempting not to draft or drive aggressively. We set the cruise control at GPS-indicated 72 MPH in an attempt to achieve a moving average speed of 70 MPH over the entire test. Upon return to the Chargepoint, we recharge at the same plug as the initial charge. Miles per kWh of the Hyundai Ioniq EV range is determined by dividing total miles traveled by kWh charged at the end. In cases where our observed figure differs greatly from the vehicle’s indicated figure and/or EPA’s estimate, we may recommend a number in between or plan to retest the vehicle.