Video: Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test – charging hell despite 800 volts!

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Unfortunately, things are still not going really smoothly with electromobility

Video: Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test - charging hell despite 800 volts!-video

Drive around 400 kilometers: that shouldn’t be a problem! Especially when the car is the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 with a 72.6 kWh battery and economical rear-wheel drive. Thanks to 800 volt technology the Ioniq can even charge super fast. The battery fills up to a maximum of 220 kW in 18 minutes (10 to 80 percent). In the meantime, however, the cars are the smallest problem when it comes to electromobility in practice. The video makes that clear.

A possible explanation for the charging problems: The weight of the cable has displaced the plug in the Ioniq’s charging socket. Lifting the cable while the connection is being established can resolve the problem. I did that on a few attempts. However, it cannot be ruled out that the lifting was too half-hearted. What strikes me in this context: The 350 kW columns, on which I was able to charge successfully in the past, all had a cable support or high cable attachment. As a result, the cable hung from top to bottom and was not on the floor. You can see it in our Taycan video at 04:10 min

With a length of 4.64 meters, the Ioniq 5 is about as long as the VW ID.4 or the Nissan Ariya. In the video I drive the variant with the largest battery: 72.6 kWh. Two all-wheel drive versions are also available. The most powerful makes 305 hp.

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One of the special features in the interior is the center console, which can be moved lengthways, through which it is easier to "slip" from left to right in order to get out on the other side of the passenger side. The rear seats can also be moved lengthways by around 14 centimeters. There is a 12-inch touchscreen and a 12-inch instrument display in the cockpit. The Ioniq 5 also has a heads-up display with augmented reality (AR) functions – a first for Hyundai.

With the so-called vehicle-to-load function, the Ioniq 5, as well as every Hyundai electric vehicle on the E-GMP platform, has the option of bidirectional charging. The high-voltage battery can act as a so-called power bank and supply external electrical devices such as e-bikes, e-scooters or leaf blowers with a maximum output of 3.68 kilowatts while driving or when stationary with up to 230 volt alternating current.

A household socket is attached to the rear seat bench in the interior for this purpose. To use the function on the outside, an adapter (depending on the equipment) is included. This means that the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 can also provide breakdown assistance and charge other electric vehicles.

The new platform also defines the proportions of the Ioniq 5. The flat battery pack ensures a consistently level floor in the interior. For the vehicle occupants, a long wheelbase and a flat vehicle floor mean more legroom and therefore more comfort on long journeys.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 160 kW 2021

engine Permanent magnet synchronous motor (rear)

power 160 kW (217 hp)

Max. Torque 350 Nm

Empty weight 1,910 kg

Top speed 185 km / h

Acceleration 0-100 km / h 7.4 sec.

consumption 16.8 kWh / 100 km

Electric range 481 – 686 km

Gear type 1-stage reduction gear with speed reducer

length 4,635 mm

broad 1,890 mm (2,116 mm with mirrors)

height 1,605 mm

Ground clearance 16 cm

Payload 440-520 kg

Trunk volume 527 – 1,587 l

battery 72.6 kWh lithium-ion

drive Rear wheel drive

Charging time 18 min (10 – 80%) max. 220 kW

Number of seats 5

Base price 45,100 euros

Price of the test car 55,740 euros

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