charging cost and autonomy on a long trip of 850 km

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be tested today in our great electric car travel series. In our two benchmark courses, how does it compare to other vehicles? Will this fast-charging champion do better than the others?

After showing the example of the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion, Kia EV6 58 kWh and Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie, it is time for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to be put to the dreaded test of long journeys in an electric car.

We always keep the same rules for this series, namely: the start is made with 100% battery, the finish on 20%, and the vehicle must travel at the limit speeds. Let’s first recall the technical characteristics of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (range, battery, charging power) and compare them with reality on the ground.

In this way, thanks to the comparative table that you will find below, you will be able to define the car that best suits you and which will be the fastest to reach your destination. It’s the moment of truth for the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Features of Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 can boast of being the main vehicle in a home as it is prepared for long journeys. In fact, with a range on the WLTP cycle that reaches 507 kilometers, crossing France shouldn’t cause too many worries, even if it means using the (very) fast charge it offers.

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With a 10-80% battery pass in just 18 minutes, the Ioniq 5 impresses. It is also one of the fast loading champions, quite simply. During this simulation we will use the various fast charging networks available in France and therefore it will be necessary to fill the battery with electrons in Ionity, Fastned, Totalenergies or even in Tesla Superchargers open to all.

Obviously, the territory network in fast charging stations is essential so that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 can charge as efficiently as possible. We will see below the current state of the French fast loading fleet. As always, we’ll be using the excellent A Better Route Planner to plan routes, with the standard consumption benchmark for the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Ioniq 5.

route planning

In order not to favor certain vehicles over others in sharing the costs, we start the trips with 100% battery, counting how much it would cost at the average price of kWh in France, today at 0.17 euro. The 77 kWh of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery represents then € 13.10. We will then add this cost to the price for fast charges while traveling.

To simulate a summer vacation, the first big trip is to connect Orléans to Arcachon (530 kilometers). The winter route starts in Caen and ends in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (850 kilometers). We will then have an overview of two reference routes on the Hyundai Ioniq 5, in very different conditions.

For the summer route, the parameters indicated in A Better Route Planner are as follows: outside temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, no wind, arrival at a charging station with 10% battery remaining, and arrival at destination at 20%. For the winter trip, it’s essentially the same apart from the weather, where we chose a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.

The balance of the different routes

500 kilometers with more than 30 minutes of charging

Despite being advertised with more than 500 kilometers of WLTP range, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 does not cover more than 500 kilometers with a single charging stop. In fact, under the conditions imposed by the exercise (departure at 100% and arrival at destination at 20%), it is necessary to stop twice to reach Arcachon de Orléans.

The first stop is at an Ionity station around Poitiers, to go from 26 to 92% battery in 23 minutes. That’s the great strength of the Hyundai Ioniq 5: it doesn’t need to charge for a long time to gain a lot of battery. This 23-minute stop costs €35 at Ionity’s current rate of €0.69 per kWh.

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At just over 200 kilometers, another stop on the Ionity is needed to add 46% battery in less than 15 minutes, at a cost of 24 euros. This is enough to get you to your destination with 20% as tax.

Another possibility would be not to use the highway between Poitiers and Bordeaux, but two stops would also be necessary, which does not improve the total travel time.

In total, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 charged 36 minutes for a total of 59 euros, plus the initial cost of charging at home estimated at just over 13 euros. The total for this summer trip is thus estimated at 72 euros.

Note that the estimated consumption for this trip is 251 Wh/km, which would give a theoretical range of only 305 kilometers, far from the 507 WLTP kilometers promised by the manufacturer.

Less than 90 minutes of charging for 850 kilometers

During the simulation of the long winter journey between Caen and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, we can clearly see the strength of the Hyundai Ioniq 5: the very, very fast charge. In fact, while many electric cars need one or more long breaks on a journey like this, the Ioniq 5’s longest charging stop barely exceeds 25 minutes.

Even so, it takes five stops to get there, but we’ll see that they are pretty quick. The first stop is at a Totalenergies station, for 22 minutes, and allows you to go from 20 to 78%. The price per minute (0.65 euros) of the Totalenergies terminals benefits the Ioniq 5, which will pay 14 euros for this fee.

170 kilometers further on, the longest recharge of the trip is at an Ionity station for 26 minutes: it guarantees to add almost 80% of battery for the same 42 euros. Then arrive in Beaune, where a Supercharger open to all is available: charging from 10 to 57% is charged around 25 euros at the current rate of 0.68 euros per kWh.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 great winter trips

The density of fast chargers in certain French regions means that it is not possible to optimize all stops. This is the case at the end of the journey. Indeed, after leaving Beaune, it is necessary to recharge in Mâcon (Ionity for 15 minutes and 26 euros) after just 45 minutes of driving.

The last charge is at the Tesla Supercharger in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, for 14 minutes and also 25 euros, which is enough to reach Chamonix with 20% battery. In total, therefore, it took 1 hour and 29 minutes of charging, at a cost of 132 euros. Adding the initial initial charge, this gives a total of 145 euros for this 850 kilometer winter trip.

Estimated fuel consumption, including cold winter weather, high speeds and positive lift, is 291 Wh/km, giving a theoretical range of just 260 kilometers on 100% battery.

Consumption, charging cost and autonomy

We have summarized charging costs and times (including home charging at 13 euros) in the table below. So you can visualize as we go through our examples where the vehicle you are interested in is positioned relative to others on a similar journey.

Vehicle Summer tour cost Summer ride charging time Total summer travel time
Tesla Model 3 unit 36 – 49 € 31 minutes 5:09 am
Tesla Model 3 long runtime 31 – 45€ 13 – 25 minutes 4 hours 56 minutes
Kia EV6 58kWh 52 – 60 € 38 – 43 minutes 5 hours 30 minutes
BMW i4 48 – 58 € 22 – 37 minutes 5 hours 11 minutes
Hyundai Ioniq 5 €72 36 minutes 5 hours 16 minutes

Vehicle Winter travel cost Winter ride charging time Total winter travel time
Tesla Model 3 unit €102 1 hour and 42 minutes 9:16 am
Tesla Model 3 long runtime €101.3 1 hour 02 minutes 8:27 am
Kia EV6 58kWh 120 € 1h 54min 9:59 am
BMW i4 €147 1 hour and 32 minutes 9:08 am
Hyundai Ioniq 5 €145 1 hour and 29 minutes 9:14 am

Conclusion

Although carried out without any problems, the summer trip requires two charges where other vehicles in the same exercise only need one, in particular one of its rivals: the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie. Worse, even the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion (with a significantly smaller battery) doesn’t need as much charging time on the summer commute, again showing that charging speed isn’t everything, the vehicle shouldn’t consume too much either.

With a cost per 100 kilometers for the summer trip of 13.60 eurosthe Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a long way from reaching costs comparable to a Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie or Propulsion, which are around 50% more economical on this route, in particular thanks to the preferential tariff on Tesla Superchargers.

For winter, our reference route shows a cost per 100 kilometers of 17 euros in Huyndai Ioniq 5, the equivalent of a gasoline vehicle that consumes approximately 8 to 9 liters per 100 kilometers. According to the case, making this trip will therefore be less economical in an Ioniq 5 than in an equivalent thermal vehicle.

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Again, other references are much cheaper in the same year, such as the Kia EV6 58 kWh or the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion. For these two, however, you have to accept charging for longer, with the Ioniq 5 being better at this point. To date, the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie remains ahead of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, however, with just an hour and two minutes of charging on this winter route, and a cost per 100 kilometers of 12 euros (30% less ).

In order to optimize the costs of the Ioniq 5, which can be quite high on long trips, it would have been possible to opt for the subscription of the Passport with Ionity, but being the commitment for the year, it is necessary to charge frequently in these stations to make the cost (216 euros per year).

On the other hand, the subscription of 12.99 euros at Tesla to benefit from a reduction in the cost of Supercharging by 25% is without commitment, which can be interesting if your trips go through Tesla Superchargers open to all. We also have a file specifically dealing with the choice between Ionity and Superchargers, each with positives and negatives.

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