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Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016-2022) range, battery & charging

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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.5 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
193 miles6hrs 5mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)47mins (10-80%, 50kW)

The most up-to-date version of the Ioniq Electric, introduced in late 2019, features a 38.3kWh battery, replacing the 28kWh unit 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 193 miles from a 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 tested using the now-defunct NEDC procedure. The more stringent WLTP regime in use today is more likely to reflect what you’ll achieve in the real world.

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With 193 miles of range, the Ioniq Electric falls short of making our 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 rapid 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 for 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 storage bag that Hyundai provides with the car.

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