The IONIQ is Hyundai’s new car platform that will be offered with 3 electric powertrain options: all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional hybrid without a plug (HEV).
The Korean automaker already released all the specs of the HEV version, but we still don’t have all the details for the all-electric and PHEV versions, even though they will all look the same and only their powertrain will be different.
While Autocar was test driving the HEV version earlier this month, Hyundai revealed that they estimate the range of the all-electric to be 155 miles:
“There’s no news on the size of these battery packs, but Hyundai is estimating an EV-only range of 32 miles for the PHEV and 155 miles for the EV.”
As usual, we need to take these claims with a grain of salt. Since South Korea doesn’t have a precise rating system for electric range and that the company was talking to an European publication, it is safe to assume that they would based the range on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is known to be less restrictive than the EPA standard. For example, Tesla’s Model S 90D, which is equipped with a 90 kWh battery pack, gets 288 EPA-rated miles, but 341-NEDC rated miles (550 km). “Real-world” range is closer to the EPA ratings.
If Hyundai is estimating 155 miles on a single charge, I would imagine the all-electric version will achieve a “real-world” range of around 107 miles, like the latest version of the Nissan LEAF.
CEO of Hyundai Motor America Dave Zuchowski confirmed that the company will launch all three electric versions of the IONIQ in the US during the third quarter. The all-electric version is expected to start at around $35,000.