Hyundai have announced key details of the next Ioniq Electric model for 2020, with a bigger battery- up to 38.3kWh useable. Hardly a surprise there. A modest increase, within the existing platform, sounds like a sensible but incremental step. 38kWh compared to the existing 28kWh means up to around 160 to 200 miles of range … Continue reading New 2020 Ioniq Electric announced – but it’s not all good news…
Welcome to my most popular blog post. Looks like battery health/life is a big concern amongst my readers! When I bought my Nissan Leaf at 3 years old, it had 88% battery "health" as reported by the car. Battery degradation is inevitable with electric vehicles, it's just a question of how much. If you're interested … Continue reading Ioniq electric battery health at 2.75 years old- very healthy, 28.6kWh net capacity *Updated*
Careful when buying new power tools. I bought a DeWalt 18V Li-ion drill 6 years ago- so far that drill has mixed all the cement for a house extension, drilled countless holes in hard concrete blocks, screwed countless screws into wood and also drilled joints for a large green-oak porch. Quite impressive on the original … Continue reading How we kicked diesel and became an all-Electric Vehicle family
...it needs to be collected from Aberdeen, 530 miles away. Before this trip I hadn't attempted a really long journey in an EV. (In case you're not aware, this car is all-electric, no "engine", it doesn't take diesel or petrol). However my experience of the Ioniq was that the car could do it, and I … Continue reading Picking up another Ioniq electric! But wait, there’s a catch…
We chose the Hyundai Ioniq electric as a family car suitable for long trips, and to replace our old Citroen diesel. My other posts explain in more technical detail what makes the Ioniq electric a desirable car. Here I'll log our experience with rapid charging- hopefully this gives you an idea of how a pure … Continue reading Long distance trips with the Ioniq
At 70mph the Hyundai Ioniq travels 25% further than a Nissan Leaf on a unit of electricity... I had the opportunity to compare my Leaf (Mk1.5, 2013) to our new Hyundai Ioniq today. In an attempt to make it a reasonably accurate test, we used 2 different speeds, 50 and 70mph, with a GPS speedometer … Continue reading Leaf vs Ioniq energy efficiency real-world test
Why used? In a word, good value. Depreciation has been high on these early electric cars. Or at least, the apparent depreciation, since nobody buys at list price. Even so, the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe have depreciated quite heavily in the first few years. This is music to the ears of a price-conscious buyer. … Continue reading Buying a used electric Leaf
Under the false floor in the trunk/boot lives this black duct, taking hot air from the battery... ...to this centrifugal fan. Air then passes out of the car... ...via this flap into the right rear wheel well. I have no idea what this box of tricks does though. Hope it's not too bothered by the … Continue reading The Ioniq electric battery cooling fan!
One way to minimise the cost of running an EV is to use an off-peak electricity tariff. Mind you, there's not much cost to save. Even at the average domestic price of 15p per unit (kWh); 10,000 miles would cost you approximately £300. Not per month, that's per year. There is a gadget that can … Continue reading Smart EV charging using Agile Octopus and Ohme
Model 3 Standard Range + So, finally the Model 3 has arrived on UK shores. Driving an Ioniq electric, I sometimes get asked "when will you get a Tesla?", as if its the goal of every EV driver. Funny how nobody ever asked "when are you getting a BMW M3" when I drove a Skoda! … Continue reading Tesla Model 3 test drive compared to an Ioniq electric
Update August 2019: this original post was written based on a Polar 50kW charger. I have since used a 62kW Instavolt which just opened at Frilford near Abingdon, UK. Even though I started with more charge, this saved over 5 minutes on the Polar- 101 miles added in 20 minutes, with an average rate of … Continue reading How long does it take to charge up 100 miles with an Ioniq Electric?
Simple - it's not really a 50kW charger. Eh? Today's chargers such as Polar's Ultracharger, and most other rapid chargers, in the UK at least, will deliver, at most, 125 Amps*. Whether that translates to 50kW, depends on the voltage of your car's battery. (Power = Current x Voltage). Take into account some loss along … Continue reading Why am I not getting a 50kW charge from a “50kW” rapid charger?
April '19- Our two Ioniq electrics have been performing just like any other "normal" cars over the winter - hence my lack of blog posts. But that's unfair to the Hyundais - to be able to rely on affordable electric cars for everyday use, as well as longer trips in 2019 really is newsworthy! One … Continue reading Business as usual