Hyundai Ioniq Electric range, battery & charging

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers decent range and quick charging with the optional wallbox

Range Slow charge Wallbox charge Rapid charge
174 miles (NEDC) 8 hrs (3.7kW) 5 hrs (7kW) 30 mins (50kW, 0-80%)

In spite of being outclassed by newer rivals with more powerful batteries, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric still offers the sort of range that should comfortably handle the demands of most drivers.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric range

The Ioniq has been on sale for a while, now and its officially quoted range of 174 miles was measured under a now-discontinued test process, meaning the numbers are a little more optimistic than those of newer rivals.

That’s something that needs to be factored in when you’re looking at potential alternatives such as the Volkswagen e-Golf, Nissan Leaf or Hyundai Kona.

In our experience – and judging from owners' feedback – you can reliably get 120 miles from a single charge in the Ioniq Electric even in cold weather and varied driving, although a lot of motorway miles will see that drop further.

This isn’t necessarily an issue if, like most people, you drive less than 30 miles a day, as you’ll barely be denting the range potential of the Ioniq’s 28kWh lithium-ion battery – even in dark, cold and wet weather, driving with the heater, headlamps and wipers on.

If you plan on regularly driving longer distances, it makes sense to look for the highest range figures you can afford – which could easily mean crossing the floor in the Hyundai showroom to check out the Kona Electric.

Charge time

The Hyundai Ioniq is supplied with two cables. An ‘emergency’ three-pin version that plugs straight into any domestic socket will charge the vehicle fully in around 12 hours, but few people are going to be satisfied with that.

The other is a Type 2 cable that will give you access to most dedicated car chargers, and the car also has a CCS port that allows you to plug in at the vast majority of rapid chargers (often located on motorways) for an 80% charge in around half an hour. 

Hyundai works with POD Point to offer a 7kW wallbox installed at your home for just £300 – after a Government grant has been applied – and this will charge your battery up in just four-and-a-half hours. 

Battery warranty

While the Hyundai standard five-year warranty applies to the Ioniq, the car’s battery comes with an eight-year warranty package.