A full charge will get you 385 kilometres on a Chevrolet Bolt, and 243 kilometres in a Nissan Leaf, but in a Hyundai Ioniq, you’re going to struggle to make it to 200 kilometres before you’ve gotta plug back in.

That should all change fairly soon thanks to some new batteries.

The Hyundai Ioniq will receive a new battery for the 2020 model year, according to Hyundai exec Gil Castillo, which should put it more in the realm of its competitors, although no exact specifications have yet been given out.

The larger battery could demand a price increase, but that’s also not confirmed, and neither is the proposed electric range.

The only clue we have to what the range could be is a quote from Castillo: the new car “will be a nice improvement, but not like the Kona’s range,” he said in an interview with Inside EV.

For reference, the Electric Kona’s range is 415 kilometres from a full charge, so if the Ioniq offers even 100 kilometres less than the Kona, it still could be a winning formula.

Currently, the Ioniq can be purchased with three different emissions-saving powertrains: a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full electric.

Source: Driving

October 29, 2018