We’ve said it before, things move at the speed of lightning in the electric-car segment. Introduced just three years ago, the current Hyundai IONIQ Electric has a range of 200 km that places it behind several other models it must compete against.
When it first appeared, that 200 km was enough to place it near the front of the class when compared with models like the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Nissan LEAF. Early on, though, the Chevrolet Bolt and its 383-km range overtook it handily. Since then it’s been a non-stop arms race – even within Hyundai itself. The Kona Electric just introduced has a range of 415 km.
It was but a matter of time before the IONIQ got its electric powertrain upgraded in response.
For 2020, the model will get a 38.3 kWh battery pack to replace the 28 kWh unit it currently uses. This 36% gain will translate into about 80 km more range. Take note however that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has yet to announce any official figures.