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

Hyundai have launched 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. Think of it as Ioniq V1.5 rather than V2. 38kWh compared to the existing 28kWh means up to around … Continue reading New 2020 Ioniq Electric announced – but it’s not all good news…

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 3 years and 36,000 miles – very healthy, 100% health and 28.6kWh net capacity *Updated*

Welcome to my most popular blog post. Looks like battery health/life is a big concern amongst my readers! NB this post relates to a 2016 "IONIQ electric". Since then the IONIQ has become available as a 38kWh version and IONIQ is now a sub-brand of Hyundai. When I bought my Nissan Leaf at 3 years … Continue reading Ioniq electric battery health at 3 years and 36,000 miles – very healthy, 100% health and 28.6kWh net capacity *Updated*

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

Be careful when buying new power tools. I bought a DeWalt 18V Li-ion drill 7 years ago- and 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 … Continue reading How we kicked diesel and became an all-Electric Vehicle family

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?

Ioniq Electric datafest- Torque, EVNotify and canIoniq

There are now at least three apps on Android that enable access to the battery and motor data from the Battery Management System (BMS) via the On-Board Diagnostic port (OBD2). It's like a customisable version of "LeafSpy" but for other cars. Why would you be interested? If you need to ask then this probably isn't … Continue reading Ioniq Electric datafest- Torque, EVNotify and canIoniq

How much can you top up an Ioniq in 10 minutes from a Polar Ultracharger?

To answer this question, I tried out a Polar Ultracharger at the Holiday Inn Swindon, in the UK. The charger is quite close to J15 of the M4, and while the M4 is fairly well-served for charging, it's on the Electric Highway network which is, how shall I put it, a little creaky right now. … Continue reading How much can you top up an Ioniq in 10 minutes from a Polar Ultracharger?