The New IONIQ 5 All-Electric SUV, Will It Become A Reality?


In this article, I will reveal exciting new details about the new all-electric sub-brand from Hyundai, the Ioniq. We will reveal leak details for the new Ioniq 5 SUV coming soon, dimensions, when you can buy it, the battery size, and range estimates.

Plus, if you stick around to the end, I will reveal another 300 plus mile SUV from Kia in around 2021.

On August 9th, 2020, the Hyundai motor company announced the launch of its new Ioniq brand, dedicated to battery electric vehicles only.

With this press release, they also discussed details about their EV future and three new electric vehicles coming from that new sub-brand.

Vehicles within this Ioniq sub-brand will still carry the Hyundai logo. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect from those three electric vehicles.

We’ll dive deeper into the details of the Ioniq 5 smaller SUV that will be coming sometime in 2021.

The first model that Hyundai plans to launch under the Ionic brand will be the Ionic 5. it’s going to be a mid-size compact SUV that will launch early in 2021.

The Ionic five will be based on the concept vehicle the EV45, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt international motor show.

In 2022, Hyundai will introduce the Ionic 6 sedan, which is based on the company’s latest concept, the EV prophecy unveiled in March 2022. they also plan to launch the Ioniq 7, a larger SUV, in early 2024.

All these new electric vehicles will be built on a shared platform, which they also share with Kia. Before we dive into all the details about the new upcoming Ionic 5 SUV, I want to talk a little bit about a prototype versus an actual production vehicle.

Hyundai mentioned these new Ionic vehicles would be based on these different prototypes; they’re not necessarily going to be the same.

Here’s a concept car that Hyundai released at the 2018 Paris motor show. You can see that they used many design cues from that concept vehicle for the new Hyundai Sonata Sport.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, we have most details about the new upcoming Ionic 5, so let’s talk about the details that we do have.

According to this electrive.com article, which quotes a well-known electric car dealer in Germany, we know the approximate size of the Ionic 5. We also know the battery capacity, and sizes of the vehicle, the charging power, and also the charging speed.

Take the dimensions from that article, convert them over to inches, and compare them to the Kona EV and the Model Y, and the Model 3.

You can see that in many cases, the Ionic 5 is nearly the same size as the Model Y and is bigger than the Kona EV.

Dimensions

Model 3Model YKona EVIoniq 5*
Length184.8 in187 in164.6 in182.2
Width72.8 in75.6 in70.9 in74.4 in
Height56.8 in63.9 in61.2 in63 in
Wheel Base113.2 in113.8 in102.4 in118/1 in
Ground Clearance5.5 in6.6 in6.2 inN/A
*Ioniq 5 dimensions based on anelectric.com article

Although this will be a compact SUV, it’s not going to be a small SUV and will be similar to the size of the Model Y.

While the exact range of these electric vehicles has not been released yet, we do have some enough details to make some estimates on what we believed they would be.

The Tesla Model Y has an EPA rated range around 316 miles or 509 kilometers. Based on this EPA figure, it’s able to travel around 4.27 miles per kilowatt-hour of battery.

The 2020 Hyundai Kona EV is a very efficient EV as well, and it can travel around 4.03 miles per kilowatt-hour.

If their new Ioniq 5 SUV is able to have the same efficiency rating as the Kona EV, that will peg the range somewhere around 300 miles of range, or close to 500 kilometers.

Efficiency

Battery SizeEPARangeWh/MMiles/kWh
Model Y LR (19″)74 kWh316 mi234 Wh4.27 mi
2020 KOna EV64 kWh258 mi248 Wh4.03 mi
2021 Ioniq 5*58 kWh234 mi*248 Wh*4.03 mi*
2021 Ioniq 5*73 kWh294 mi*248 Wh*4.03 mi*
Ioniq battery size options from Electrive.com Article. Efficiency and range are estimates.

Those are our estimates for the EPA rated range, but if we dive a step further and talk about the actual real-world range estimates for these vehicles, I assume it’ll be similar to what the Model Y offers.

According to EV evdatabase.org, the actual real-world range estimates for the Model Y long-range all-wheel-drive SUV are closer to 260 miles instead of 316 miles.

The Kona EV is rated at around 249 miles as compared to 258 EPA miles of range. According to this estimate, the Kona EV gets around 97 of its actual EPA rated range in standard real-world conditions.

If the Ionic 5 is able to achieve a similar real-world range percentage, that will give it a real-world range of somewhere around 291 miles, which could potentially be more than the Tesla Model Y.

Real World Range

ModelEPS RangeEV-DB RealEV-DB %ABRP 65 MPHABPR %
Model Y LR AWD316 mi260 mi82%247 mi78%
Model 3 LR AWD258 mi249 mi97%235 mi91%
Kona EV258 mi249 mi97%235 mi91%
Ioniq 5*300 mi291 mi97%273 mi91%
Ioniq 5* data based on Kona EV

Charging Speeds

The leaked details from the German car dealer also talked about the charging rate and the charging speed.

We know the Tesla Model Y can charge up to 250 kilowatts, and according to evdatabase.org, it takes about 22 minutes to go from 10% to an 80% state of charge. This means you add around 221 miles or 356 kilometers in that time.

Charging the Kona EV is much slower because it only has a max charge rate of 77 kilowatts, and it will take summer around 44 minutes to add about 180 miles or 290 kilometers of range on a fast charger.

The leaked details we have for the Ionic 5 however, reveal that it should have a max charge rate of somewhere closer to 200 kilowatts, and the article said it should also be able to charge in 15 minutes.

If this is true, that would mean somewhere around 210 miles of range added in this 15 minutes or 338 kilometers.

Although we have no official confirmation of the dimensions, the battery capacities, and the charge times, they seem very realistic. They also fit well with a lot of other details we’ve heard from Hyundai and Kia.

Battery SizeMax Rate10-80% DC FastMiles Added
Model Y74 kW250 kW22 minutes221 mi
Kona EV64 kWh77 kW44 minutes180 mi
Ioniq 5*73 kWh200 kW15 minutes210 mi
Model Y & KOna Charging times from evdatabase.org Ioniq 5 charging estimated.

Hyundai owns a portion of Kia, and because of this, they share a lot of platforms. One of the facts that back up the range of this new Ionic 5 SUV is that the new Kia SUV that we’ll be talking about at the end of the article is supposed to have around a 500-kilometer range, or somewhere around 310 miles.

This new Kia EV will be built on the same platform as the Ioniq 5 and will have very similar technology built-in. If Kia can achieve north of 300 miles of range, it makes sense that Hyundai would be able to as well,

Another piece of data that helps back up the charging rate that we’ve mentioned is the fact that Hyundai recently invested in the Ionity fast-charging network, the network that is available in Europe, and the Ionity network can charge up to 350 kilowatts.

I know what you might be saying this is just another prototype, this is just another press release, this is just another company making a bunch of promises that they can’t deliver on.

However, I do believe, in this case, this is not spin, and these vehicles are going to be released.

One of the reasons that I believe that Hyundai will be able to manufacture a decent amount of these vehicles is that they have a pretty good battery contract with SK Innovation.

According to the electrive.com article, SK Innovation will provide the batteries for the new EGMP platform.

This article also points out that they have enough contracts for around 500, 000 vehicles in this platform, and they are going to produce the first vehicle sometime in early 2021.

This article also points out that they plan to produce around 70,000 units per year.

This SUV will most likely be available in Europe first, and then it will come to the USA and other countries the next year after that.

So why am I excited about the new Ionic sub-brand from Hyundai? Do I expect Hyundai to deliver on each of these metrics and deliver a vehicle that looks anything like the concept vehicle?

Not necessarily, but I do have faith in Hyundai that they will create a very compelling and very efficient EV.

I believe the range of the new Ionic 5 SUV will be somewhere close to 300 miles, and I believe the vehicle will realistically be able to charge about as fast as a Tesla Model Y.

One of the big reasons that I believe that Hyundai can achieve this is because they have an excellent track record with the Kona EV, creating a very efficient EV, and that one is not even on a dedicated platform.

That same Kona vehicle can be purchased as a hybrid or also an internal combustion engine vehicle. If Hyundai can create one of the most efficient EVs with a shared platform, think about what they can do with an exclusive dedicated EV platform.

As far as plans go for Hyundai, they plan to have delivered somewhere around 1 million battery electric vehicles by 2025. They also hope in 2025 to sell somewhere around 560,000 battery-electric vehicles per year.

Thanks for sticking around to the end of the article. I want to dive into some of the details that I promised about the new Kia SUV coming sometime in 2021.

The new Kia SUV that will be revealed in 2021 should be capable of 200 plus kilowatt-hour charging, it’s supposed to have around a 500-kilometer range or 310 miles of range, and it should have a charge time of around 20 minutes, which I assume that means to 80 percent.

Kia has said that their new SUV will be based on the imagine concept vehicle, which will be built on that same modular platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5. There have been several sightings of this SUV being tested on the road, so I believe that we’ll see a version of this next year.

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