Hyundai IONIQ Electric (2020) Guide

Hyundai IONIQ Electric (2020) Guide

The IONIQ Electric is the fully battery-operated model out of the IONIQ trio (the other two being hybrids). 2020 brings a revamp of this entry-level EV, most notably the 33% increase in its battery capacity. The IONIQ’s conventional design masks its smooth electric powertrain, while its robust range, rapid charge capabilities and affordable price point make it an attractive EV option.

Electric Range

193 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

38.3 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

11 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 50kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging the Hyundai IONIQ Electric

The IONIQ electric comes with a battery size of 38.3kWh and has an official WLTP range of 193 miles. That’s up from a 29kWh battery in the 2017 model while taking up the same amount of space.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 6 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 32 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £5.36.

The IONIQ has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the IONIQ will charge from 0-80% in 57 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the IONIQ has a max DC rate of 50kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 50kW. Its max AC rate is 7.2kW, again, if you plugged into an 11kW AC charger, the battery will charge at 7.2kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 18.5 hours for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 6 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 6 hours for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 57 mins for 0-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning an IONIQ Electric

Classified as a BEV, the IONIQ produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Hyundai EV qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the IONIQ Electric?

Since its launch in 2017, the IONIQ has proven to be a reliable and accessible EV option for those looking to make the transition to electric. Although its EV sister, the KONA, goes much further on a single charge, the IONIQ offers a robust 194 miles which far exceeds the average daily use for the majority of drivers. Further still, the new IONIQ provides an additional 26 miles in comparison to its direct competitor – the Nissan 40kWh Leaf.

Functionality has taken precedence in the design of the INOIQ. Conservative design aesthetics, comfortable seating, well-designed cabin space and ample boot storage all make for a practical EV. The driving experience certainly won’t provide a rush of adrenaline, but it is quiet, smooth and offers a tranquil drive around town.

If you’re looking for an affordable, well-equipped, down-to-earth EV with good range and rapid charging capabilities, the IONIQ could be your perfect electric match.