With the highly efficient Ioniq and then the Kona Elektro, Hyundai also had interesting electric cars in its range relatively early on, and with the Ioniq 5, the company presented the first of a series of new models under the all-electric sub-brand at the end of February. In terms of price, the Ioniq 5 is positioned just below the Tesla Model 3 and, thanks to its crossover shape, could even compete with the more expensive Model Y. And both official data and a first video suggest that the Ioniq could outperform the two Teslas when it comes to charging.
Ioniq 5 according to standard information in front
The voltage of 800 volts used in the Ioniq 5 facilitates higher charging capacities, but does not guarantee them. How much exactly the new electric car creates, Hyundai did not announce at the launch. The only information about this: 18 minutes are enough to charge the battery from 10-80 percent. Tesla says on its German homepage for the Model 3 that it charges up to 275 kilometers in 15 minutes. Extrapolated linearly to 18 minutes, that would be 330 kilometers. Hyundai, on the other hand, gives the Ioniq 5 a total range of 480 kilometers, i.e. 336 kilometers with the 70 percent that the battery consumes in the time mentioned.
This means that it is conceivable that the Ioniq 5 more than compensates for its higher WLTP consumption, which results from the lower range despite a battery that is about the same size as the Tesla Model 3, with faster charging. Hyundai states the (presumably usable) capacity as 73.6 kilowatt hours, Tesla says nothing, as usual, according to estimates, the gross capacity of the Model 3 Long Range is 79-82 kilowatt hours and usable 73.5 kilowatt hours. The Tesla’s WLTP range is much higher at 580 kilometers.
A YouTuber has already documented how fast charging with the Ioniq 5 could look in practice in the future (Hyundai speaks of early summer 2021). At an Ionity station, he encountered two copies of the new electric car. When he held his camera up to the charging screen for one of them, its battery was already 80 percent full – and, according to Generation E, charged with 150 kilowatts. A few seconds later, the performance dropped to 3 percent and then recovered. Shortly before the end at 96 percent battery level, it should have been back to 45 kilowatts, which is also high.
Real comparison with Tesla will be exciting
Generation E also brought unofficial information about the maximum charging power from the encounter: According to information from Hyundai engineers present, it was 220 kilowatts. The ionity display in the video, on the other hand, shows that just under 42 kilowatt hours flowed into the battery in 16 minutes. That would be enough for a range of 274 kilometers, a little less than according to Tesla’s “up to” information on the Model 3 on the web. In any case, the first real charging comparison between the two electric cars should be exciting.