While some (including myself) were disapointed when Hyundai confirmed that its first all-electric vehicle, the Ioniq, will only have about 110 miles of EPA-rated range, we can now find some comfort in the fact that the Korean automaker plans for its next all-electric vehicle to have almost twice as much range as the Ioniq.
Following a new report coming from Korea ahead of the Beijing Auto Show, Hyundai confirmed working on an all-electric SUV with around 200 miles of range.
The Korea Herald reports:
Hyundai’s Namyang R&D Center is currently developing the electric SUVs, which can go up to 320 kilometers on a single charge, nearly double the mileage of sedan-type Ioniq Electric’s 180 kilometers.
“It is true that we will launch a new electric SUV,” a company spokesman said.
Sources said the new eco-friendly SUVs are being developed on a completely different platform from that of the Ioniq, which will also be churning out its own electric vehicles.
It looks like Tesla’s Model X will still be the only all-electric SUV in the market for a while as Hyundai’s new vehicle is not expected to hit the market until 2018 – around the same time Audi’s own all-electric SUV, the e-tron quattro, is expected to become available.
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Stating a range of 320 km without clarifying if it’s EPA, NEDC or whatever, is meaningless.
“Hyundai’s Namyang R&D Center is currently developing the electric SUVs, which can go up to 320 kilometers on a single charge, nearly double the mileage of sedan-type Ioniq Electric’s 180 kilometers.”
180km is the 110mi epa
Thanks for the clarification!
Seriously, if these automakers do not start to manufacture real long range EVs instead of just talking about them, they will go down like nokia did in the phone industry. I mean, this revolution comes, there is no way back. But the future belongs to the brave ones. And perhabs it’s not that bad to clean up with all those automakers and switch to new companies.
When Tech changes, old companies usually go out of biz or shrink. Moto dominated 1G cell phones. Got displaced by Nokia with 2G/GSM. QCOM with 3G, Apple wiped out Nokia, Blackberry. The PC killed DEC, Wang, etc. same for horse/buggy makers, then came Ford. Now it is electric cars.
The problem with a lot of these next-generation EVs from non-Tesla manufacturers is that although they are putting in bigger batteries that make long distance driving more feasible, they still rely on less advanced high speed DC charging. What is the max output of a CHAdeMO charger? 240v at 70A? Thats way too slow.
Chademo is not 240 volts. It is usually powered by 480 volts ac 3 phase power, and charges batteries directly at around 380 volts up to 100 amps depending on the charger and battery pack. Chademo charges my 41kW battery pack from 20 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. That’s 24kW in 30 minutes. It is the game changer.