Expect full details on the 2020 versions of the Ioniq triplets (electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid) in a few weeks.
Full details of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric will be announced at the upcoming Los Angeles auto show, but the EPA has spilled the early beans about the all-electric vehicle's overall range. The revamped EV will be able to go 170 miles on a full charge, up from 124 miles in the 2019 version. That increase is due to the a larger, 38.3-kWh battery pack in the 2020 model that replaces the 28.0-kWh pack in the 2019 version.
The 170 number doesn't put the Ioniq Electric at the top of the range leaderboard, which is where vehicles like the Nissan Leaf (up to 226 miles), Chevrolet Bolt (259 miles), and Tesla Model 3 (330 miles for the Long Range version) sit, but the Ioniq's price—also still undisclosed—could make those 170 miles a good value compared to the long-distance runners, as that's usually where Hyundai tries to sit in the market with its gasoline-powered vehicles. The 2019 Ioniq Electric starts at $30,315.
Hyundai declined to comment about the new Ioniq's range or any other details, including overall efficiency. In the past, Hyundai has said that measuring EVs using their efficiency is important than range. After all, that's how we talk about traditional cars, with mpg more important than the size of the gas tank. The efficiency of an electric vehicle can't be measured in miles per gallon since there are no gallons to measure, so miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) or miles per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are used with EVs.
The 2020 Ioniq Electric now ties the Tesla Model S for overall efficiency, at 133 MPGe, but below the new Model 3 EVs, which get 141 MPGe in Standard Range Plus trim. It's also a bit worse than the 2019 Ioniq Electric, which got 136 MPGe. Based on the EPA's numbers, the 2020 Ioniq Electric gets 4.0 miles per kWh, same as the 2019 version. The 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range is a bit worse than the Ioniq, at 3.8 miles per kWh, while the 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is a bit better, at 4.2 miles per kWh. The current models of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf get between 3.1 and 3.4 miles per kWh.
Just like the 2019 version, the 2020 Ioniq will come with three powertrain variants: all-electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid models. On top of those three models, Hyundai announced this week that it will introduce 13 alternatively fueled vehicles by 2022: six sedans and seven SUVs. One of those will be a new Sonata hybrid. More details on some of these vehicles will be released later this month.
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