2021 Hyundai EVs Get Fast Charging Free

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
2021 hyundai evs get fast charging free

Hyundai’s 2021 Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric now include 250 kWh of complimentary fast charging through Electrify America, with more than 2,400 ultra-fast chargers across the U.S. According to Electrify America, 96 percent of the population lives within a 120-mile radius of one of their chargers.

Whether it’s in response to concerns among potential buyers, or it’s an incentive to get more drivers to switch from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, Hyundai is attempting to make ditching your gas-powered vehicle for one of their EVs a little easier.

To help clarify what Hyundai is offering, the EPA estimated driving range of both Hyundai EVs with 250 kWh of power is about 1,000 miles. There is the usual disclaimer about vehicle options, driving conditions and habits, your new vehicle’s condition, and that of its batteries, with anything not noted covered as other factors.

It takes about 54 minutes on a 100-kW DC fast charger or 75 minutes on a 50-kW DC fast charger to top off your Hyundai. Again, it varies depending on the battery level, the output of the charging unit, and the outside temperature. The 2021 Kona EV has a 258-mile, EPA-estimated range, based on a full charge. Fueleconomy.gov, the U.S. government’s official source, says the 2021 Kona with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder gas engine gets 30 MPG combined, 28 MPG city, and 32 highway, just as a point of reference.

The 2021 Ioniq Electric has a 170-mile, EPA-estimated range, also based on a full charge. The EPA uses an equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for EVs called MPGe, and the 2021 Ioniq EVs numbers are 133, combined, 145 city, and 121 highway MPGe. While we’re not inclined to trade in our gas-powered vehicles for an EV just yet, it is somewhat comforting knowing that in lieu of a gas card, Hyundai is prepared to give you a ‘charge’ card when buying a 2021 Kona or Ioniq EV.

[Images: Hyundai, Electrify America]

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  • Tonycd Tonycd on Mar 18, 2021

    That statistic about Electrify America locations is a bad joke. 120 miles from a charger is uselessly far. Most trips are NOT cross-country.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Mar 18, 2021

    1,000 miles is a Bugatti territory.

    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Mar 19, 2021

      Veyron fuel economy is 7 city, 15 highway. But unfortunately, at its top speed of ~253mph, it will empty the 26.4 gallon fuel tank in roughly 19 minutes - about 80 miles. (How good are you at coasting?)

  • Cprescott I remember when Fords were affordable.
  • Cprescott As a once very LOYAL FORD buyer, I had to replace my 22 year old Ford (bought new in 1997) once it finally started to have problems at 180k miles. I would have gladly purchased something like this from Ford but they abandoned me as a car buyer. Oddly, Hyundai still builds cars in a variety of flavors so I became a customer of theirs and am very happy. Likely will consider another once this one gets up in mileage.
  • SCE to AUX A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.
  • Dukeisduke Lol, it's not exactly a Chevrolet SS with Holden badging.
  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.