Hyundai Ioniq Electric range, battery & charging

The facelifted Hyundai Ioniq features a new, larger battery, affording it more range than before

Range Battery size Wallbox charge Rapid charge
194 miles 38.3kWh 6hrs 5mins <1hr (50kW, 0-80%)

The latest Hyundai Ioniq Electric features a 38.3kWh battery, which replaces the 28kWh unit found in previous iterations 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 194 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 194 miles of range, the Ioniq Electric scrapes into the top 10 list of the longest range electric cars, and 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 via 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 Type 2 socket. There’s 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.