Hyundai’s 2017 Ioniq Electric May Get Half the Range of Chevy Bolt

When released later this year, Hyundai’s Ioniq Electric could offer about the same low-100-mile range as a present-generation Nissan Leaf and half that of the 2017 Chevy Bolt.

Reports now circulating that Hyundai’s newest EV will get 155 miles range may not notice that “155” (250 km) is not a U.S. EPA number, and the detail to focus on is the kilowatt-hour capacity of the Ioniq’s lithium-polymer battery.

This is just 28 kilowatt-hours and is 2-kwh smaller than a 2016 Nissan Leaf’s uprated 30-kwh battery, or 32-kwh smaller than a 2017 Chevy Bolt’s 60 kilowatt-hour pack.

Electric version with blocked off grille. The shared platform reduced costs through volume  production across three powertrain options.

Electric version with blocked off grille. The shared platform reduced costs through volume production across three powertrain options.

Exactly what the mission in the marketplace is for the EV from Korea being previewed this week in advance of it showing early March in Geneva has not been fully stated.

A range of 155 miles is exactly the same that the due-to-be-replaced 2016 Leaf is now rated in Europe. The Leaf, launched in December 2010 and upgraded twice from 73 miles to 84, and now up to 107, has suffered probing inquiry by advocates looking to a 200-plus-mile baseline to be established by the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.

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Nissan was the first bullish mainstream EV maker, it’s shown a fourth-generation battery that will make “range anxiety” no longer a concern, it has said, but the present Leaf remains without Nissan stating when generation-two is due.

And now due to arrive is Hyundai’s built-from the ground-up multi-powertrain dedicated electrified vehicle with about the same range as the Leaf.

All-new, the regular hybrid version (pictured top) of the Ioniq promises mpg in the same proximity as a 2016 Toyota Prius, so that much is cutting edge. Its plug-in hybrid version promises 31 miles range in Europe, which could make for a competitive 20-some in the U.S.

But the Ioniq Electric with battery under the rear seats appears to be a cost-effective vehicle for buyers who may not want to spend up for a larger battery, or carry around that much energy if they don’t expect to need it day to day.

The case for such a smaller-is-better scenario has been expressed by early adopters who right now are fine with 100 miles or less EV range.

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Whether the Ioniq Electric can be priced competitively against 200-mile EVs aiming for a mid 30s price is in question, however.


In South Korea where it will launch first, the Ioniq Electric is to start at 40 million won ($32,000).

Other meaningful specs are a 117 horsepower electric motor delivers speed up to 93 mph.

The vehicle has a Tesla-equaling cd of 0.24, is freshly styled and designed, and the company did save hundreds of millions of dollars in development costs with its three-in-one electrified car.

In plug-in hybrid and regular hybrid formats it does appear quite competitive with current offerings, but as a pure EV with 28-kwh battery, it may about equal today’s EVs, including the Kia Soul EV with its 27-kwh pack.

What can be said of this? Two out of three isn’t bad?