Hyundai Adds Power, Faster Charging to IONIQ Electric for Europe

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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Hyundai has refreshed its IONIQ model line in the European market for the 2020 model year. In addition to the new LED headlights, bumper, and handsome grey fascia, the Korean automaker has bestowed more power and faster recharge times to the model’s electric variant.

  • Hyundai has refreshed the European Market IONIQ for 2020
  • Battery capacity increased from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh, for 186 mile range
  • Motor power have increased from 120 to 134 hp
  • Interior now features a 10.25-inch touchscreen in the dash for infotainment
  • A new app allows for remote operation of climate system for preconditioning

Specifically, Hyundai has bumped battery capacity from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh, which represents a 36% increase. An 80% recharge can be achieved in as little as 54 minutes.

As a result of its larger-capacity battery, Hyundai estimates the IONIQ Electric will do 186 miles per charge. That’s on the European drive cycle, though. The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency would probably rate it at around 150 miles per charge — around the same as the Nissan LEAF. This isn’t fantastic. But it’s nothing to sneeze at either.

Power output is up, too, for the 2020 IONIQ Electric. Horsepower is up to 134 from 120 ponies. Drivability has improved as well as power. Hyundai bestowed the Kona EV’s one-pedal driving capabilities on the IONIQ Electric, too.

European market 2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric now includes a 38.3-kilowatt battery pack. | Photo: Hyundai

 

Interior tech improvements come in the form of a new 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen in the center dash and a new cloud-based voice command system that can recognize six different languages.

A new smartphone app allows owners to start and stop the vehicle’s air conditioning remotely. This means that their car’s interior can always be the perfect temperature before they even step into it. What’s more, since the vehicle will most likely be plugged in when not in use, it can use power from the grid to precondition the interior, rather than doing so later from the onboard batteries, which would sap power needed for driving duties and reduce range.

All told, this is a pretty sizable and impressive update for the IONIQ Electric. Hopefully, the U.S. version will be similarly updated soon.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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