New 2020 Ioniq Electric announced – but it’s not all good news…

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…

How we kicked diesel and became an all-Electric Vehicle family

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

Picking up another Ioniq electric! But wait, there’s a catch…

...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…

Leaf vs Ioniq energy efficiency real-world test (revised Oct ’18)

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 (revised Oct ’18)

Why am I not getting a 50kW charge from a “50kW” rapid charger?

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?

Ioniq electric battery health at 2.5 years old- very healthy

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 in what affects battery degradation, I recommend Euan McTurk's "Plug life Television" channel on YouTube. The Hyundai Ioniq … Continue reading Ioniq electric battery health at 2.5 years old- very healthy

What spec does a long-distance family electric car really need in the UK?

I think there's a strong case for a family pure-electric car with a modest battery, good efficiency and fast charging. As public charging points become more plentiful and powerful, the modest battery EV gets more useful. A side-effect is that the embodied energy of such a car is less than one with a larger battery … Continue reading What spec does a long-distance family electric car really need in the UK?