We have been speculating about the “real-world” range of the upcoming all-electric (BEV) version of the Hyundai Ioniq for a while now, especially since the company confirmed it will have a 28 kWh battery pack, but now Hyundai confirmed that it expects it will achieve an EPA-rated range of 110 miles.
The Korea-based automaker was previously suggesting that the pack can enable 155 miles on a single charge, but as we discussed when Hyundai first release the estimate, it is more likely to be based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is known to be less restrictive than the EPA standard.
We speculated that the BEV Ioniq, now called ‘IONIQ Electric’, will achieve a “real-world” or EPA-rated range of around 107 miles, like the latest version of the Nissan LEAF with a 30 kWh pack.
AutoblogGreen was in contact with Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor on Monday and confirmed that the 155 miles figure was indeed based on the NEDC and that the company expects to achieve an EPA-rated range of 110 miles in the US.
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, which are now aptly named IONIQ Hybrid (HEV), IONIQ Plug-in (PHEV) and IONIQ Electric (BEV). The all-electric version is expected to start at around $35,000.
If the company can achieve the price point, the vehicle could prove very competitive against the Nissan LEAF and possibly the BMW i3, albeit for a short time since both vehicles are expected to see their range increase significantly later this year.
The IONIQ will make its US debut this week at the New York Auto Show.