Hyundai Ioniq Electric range, battery & charging

The facelifted 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a larger battery, giving it a longer driving range than before

Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Fast charge time
193 miles 38.3kWh 6hrs 5mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 45mins (10-80%, 50kW)

The latest version of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, introduced in late 2019, features a 38.3kWh battery, replacing the 28kWh unit found in the previous iteration of the car. The new battery brought with it a boost in range, while faster charging ability means charging times haven’t ballooned.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric range

Officially, the Ioniq Electric returns a range of 193 miles from a single charge, up from the previous version's 174 miles. That doesn’t sound like an enormous jump given the increase in battery size, however the pre-facelift Ioniq Electric was rated using the now-defunct NEDC test procedure. The more stringent WLTP regime in use today is much more likely to reflect figures that you’ll achieve in the real world, giving drivers a better idea of what to expect before they head to showrooms.

With 193 miles of range, the Ioniq Electric falls short of making our top 10 list of the longest-range electric cars, but it'll go more than far enough to satisfy most drivers; only regular long-distance users will really have to think twice about whether the Ioniq Electric will suit their needs. And if it doesn't, there's always the longer-range Hyundai Kona Electric to consider.

Charging time

The Ioniq Electric’s on-board charger was improved by the facelift, with speed rising from 6.6 to 7.2kW. From a 50kW fast charger – often found at motorway service stations and an increasing number of ‘destination’ car parks – the Ioniq Electric's battery will get to 80% capacity in less than an hour.

Meanwhile, a full charge from a 7kW home wallbox will take around six hours; more than fast enough when you need a full top-up overnight. There’s also the option of charging from a domestic three-pin socket: however this will take an estimated 19 hours, so is only really viable as a last resort.

The Ioniq Electric is equipped with a CCS socket, which means it'll also accept a Type 2 plug for charging at home. There’s just enough space to store a cable under the boot floor, which is a more practical solution than the hefty storage bag that Hyundai provides with the car.