Hyundai Ioniq Electric range, battery & charging

The facelifted Hyundai Ioniq features a new, 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 Hyundai Ioniq Electric features a 38.3kWh battery, which replaces the 28kWh unit found in the previous iteration of the car. The new battery brings with it a boost in range, while faster charging ability means charging times haven’t ballooned.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric range

Officially, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric returns a range of 193 miles from a single charge, up from 174 miles in the car’s previous guise. 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 new, more stringent WLTP regime 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 the top 10 list of the longest-range electric cars, but it will be more than 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.

Charge time

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s on-board charger has improved with the arrival of the facelift, with speeds 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 will see its battery back up 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 for those occasions where 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 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is equipped with a CCS socket, which means it will also accept a Type 2 plug for charging at home. There’s just enough space to store a cable underneath the boot floor, which is a more practical solution than the hefty storage bag that Hyundai provides with the car.