The Hyundai IONIQ Electric Hatchback: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Hyundai IONIQ Electric
Price: From € 32,750
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 38.3 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 310 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The Hyundai IONIQ Electric Hatchback

The Hyundai Motor Company, is a South Korean automotive manufacturer with a strong global presence (up to 200 countries). The company also has a stake in another leading South Korean automotive company, Kia Corporation. Hyundai has an annual production capacity of over 1.6 million units.

Hyundai commenced developing alternative fuel vehicles in 1988. The first pure electric car was developed by the company in 1991 (Sonata EV). The automotive manufacturer commenced producing hybrid electric vehicles in 2008. The company currently has two battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and also has two plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs):

The Hyundai IONIQ, is the first model to be offered as a hybrid (HEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). All three powertrains are offered within one body type. The variants made their debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. However, the IONIQ Hybrid made its debut in South Korea in January 2016.

The pure electric Hyundai IONIQ is now only available as a used electric car, and offers much value to those keen to families keen to migrate to zero-emission electric driving, but keen on an affordable first step. The past 24 months has witnessed the growth of the used EV market, with a number of relatively good options to consider, to include the IONIQ electric.

The IONIQ EV is not going to make a bold statement and nor is it going to set the heart racing when driven. But that is not the reason to buy this family electric hatchback. The electric vehicle (EV) offers practicality and decent pure electric range.

The EV is available in one EV battery size (38.3 kWh), with a WLTP range up to 310 km. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the electric car should be able to deliver over 270 km emission-free. Not bad at all and a very useful range to meet day-to-day driving needs: school runs, family outings, weekend trips, grocery shopping and a lot more!

The Hyundai electric vehicle (EV) has a 7.2 kW AC (single-phase) onboard charger. Given that most homes in Ireland are powered by a single-phase power supply, the 7.2 kW onboard charger fits perfectly. The EV can be fully charged in 6 hours via a dedicated single-phase residential EV charger. For faster charging, the EV offers DC charging up to 50 kW (10%-80%: 57 mins).

We at e-zoomed encourage a topping up approach to charging an electric car. This way charging times are shorter and regular charging is good for the maintenance of the EV battery. The automotive manufacturer offers a 8 years or 160,000 km warranty.

The front-wheel drive IONIQ electric hatchback can achieve 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. The EV offers a maximum power up to 100 PS and 295 Nm torque. The top speed is 160 km/h. The electric car benefits from both, instant torque and regenerative braking. Steering-mounted paddles adjust the regenerative braking strength. The EV offer a number of driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Eco+. The Eco+ drive mode maximises vehicle range by setting a 90 km/h speed limit, switching off the air conditioning, heating, fans, and optimising regenerative braking level.

The EV also offers a number of safety features, to include: Hyundai SmartSense, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, blind-spot collision warning, high beam assist, lane following assist, rear cross-traffic collision warning, driver attention warning and smart cruise control. Also as standard is a 10.25″ touchscreen display. The EV offers 357 L boot space.

An affordable family electric hatchbackExterior styling not as exciting as more recent EVs
DC charging up to 50 kWDriving will not set the heart racing
Decent electric rangeOnly available as a used electric car


The Hyundai IONIQ Electric Hatchback (credit: Hyundai)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Premium (from € 32,750)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 38.3 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 57 mins). On board charger: 7.2kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1475
Width (mm):1820
Length (mm):4470
Wheelbase (mm):2700
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Cargo Volume (L):455

IONIQ Electric Premium
EV Battery Capacity:38.3 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):310 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):13.8
Charging:50 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 57 mins). On board charger: 7.2kW AC
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:10.2 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):136
Max Power (PS):100
Torque (Nm):295
Kerb Weight (kg):1,527 – 1575
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)

Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than 2022. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV. The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 400 kms, while PHEVs average closer to 50 kms. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)
Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel. An EV battery can be charged for as little as €10, while filling a tank of fuel is over €100!
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. An EV costs less than 5 cents per km to drive.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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