By on November 14, 2016


The fully electric version of Hyundai’s Ioniq hasn’t even hit dealer lots yet and the automaker is already claiming its 124-mile range isn’t enough.

The Ioniq encompasses hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric variants, but the model already finds itself outclassed by looming competitors boasting big all-electric range.

According to Automotive News, Hyundai will roll out a version of the Ioniq in 2018 with at least 200 miles of electric range. We’ve heard Hyundai promise such a vehicle before, though it didn’t specify the model would simply be a longer-ranged Ioniq.

The “base” electric model should arrive early next year. When the 200-mile version arrives in 2018, it will compete with Chevrolet’s 238-mile Bolt and Tesla’s 215-mile Model 3. Nissan has stated that the next-generation Leaf should also possess a 200-plus mile range, but there’s no timeline for that model’s arrival.

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20 Comments on “Hyundai Gives in, Jacks up the Ioniq’s Range for 2018...”

  • avatar

    The dual impact of the Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 have injected a welcomed desire for OEM’s to advance their EV offerings in order to stay relevant.

    • 0 avatar

      Even Toyota suddenly wants in!

      • 0 avatar

        I’m fairly shocked Toyota hasn’t used the Prius drivetrain in more places, especially something like the Lexus with high-power rear engine electric motors. I’m guessing that [relatively small] batteries aren’t there yet [and Toyota is willing for somebody else to get burned on LiFePO4*), and internal politics keeping the prius tech from everyone else.

        “One of the problems of being a pioneer is you always make mistakes and I never, never want to be a pioneer. It’s always best to come second when you can look at the mistakes the pioneers made.” – Seymour Cray (the absolute master of high power computers from 1960s to the 1980s. Oddly enough, his obituaries insisted that he “pioneered” supercomputer development (google hit them first)).

  • avatar
    Brett Woods

    Didn’t C&D measure the Bolt as a 190-mile/charge car?

    • 0 avatar

      Just like with ICEs and fuel consumption, test EV ranges and real world EV ranges will differ based on driving style, conditions (flat, hilly, etc), temperature, and so on.

    • 0 avatar

      Here’s the C&D article on the actual driving experience:

      The result: 238 miles and then some.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    They won’t sell many of the 124-mile version unless it’s priced to move.

    The 200-mile version is more interesting, but still faces the challenge of long-range charging infrastructure (no Supercharger), and battery supply should Hyundai move any volume (they won’t).

    • 0 avatar

      Greater range means more (or better) batteries and that means more $$.

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Hyundai keeps the 124 mi range Ioniq as a lower priced offering as that’s plenty of range for the majority of commuters (unless the cost of the higher range battery pack ends up being not much more).

  • avatar

    “automaker is already claiming its 124-mile range isn’t enough”
    2 hours before requiring a recharge? YUP, not enough.

    How many miles is enough? 1/2 day driving. With a 1/2 hour (food/fuel stop) to full recharge is what’s needed. Otherwise the all electric vehicle simply is not viable.

    • 0 avatar

      I surmise that your requirements diverge sharply from most electric shoppers who will likely be OK with something just north of 200 miles of range. That’s OK, it is not the vehicle for you. That range would give me all the benefits of going electric (quiet, clean, full every morning) with no downside. If I am taking a driving trip I can choose from two other cars in my household, soon to be three since my kids are near driving age.

    • 0 avatar

      Of course it’s viable to the overwhelming majority of drivers who DON’T need to drive 1/2 a day on any routine basis. 125 miles of range would cover me just fine except 1 week a year. That’s what Enterprise is for.

      A 2-seater isn’t viable for anyone who needs a family car either. The fact that it doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist for anyone!

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    The plug-in hybrid of the Ioniq/Niro is what has me most intrigued. I would love to see an automaker come out with a PHEV with a 100+ mile electric range.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Yes, actually, I’m eagerly awaiting the Niro – more than the Ioniq – just due to the CUV packaging it offers.

      • 0 avatar
        Old Man Pants

        Niro is only 60″ tall, same as the Fit. If that’s “crossover” then it’s crossed too far.

        • 0 avatar

          The Niro reminds me of a Sportage that they just shrunk a little. A little shorter, a little lower, a little thinner.

          For me, the height would be nice so the misses will like it, but I prefer the packaging of a hatch/crossover over a sedan.

          • 0 avatar

            While my friend was getting some free EV juice for his Soul I accidentally sat in a Niro and got no sense it was anything but a small economy hatchback.

  • avatar

    I’m sure this car will sell great with the company already admitting it needs to be upgraded before the thing even launches. Have they been getting advice on disparaging their own products from Marchionne?

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    Trouble with putting a bigger, heavier battery in something designed for a smaller one, especially if it wasn’t that fast or crisp-handling to begin with, is that it will become even less so. The Ioniq is a 120-hp car with handling by Hyundai.

    Chevy seems to have nailed it right out of the gate: per the dozen or so reviews out there, the Bolt easily exceeds the manufacturer’s claims and/or the driver’s expectations in terms of acceleration, handling, and range. I think its only major sales obstacle will be the fact it’s sized and shaped like a stretched Honda Fit. (Perhaps a little narrow for our big North American arses, in other words.)

    • 0 avatar

      More battery capacity doesn’t mean bigger or heavier. New higher energy density battery tech is finally moving out of the labs and into production. For example, the Model 3’s battery pack will get an energy density boost of 30% over the current Model S battery. We’ll also probably see a 400-mile range Model S 130D using the same tech.

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