On September 21st, 2018, Casa Auto Timisoara delivered the first electric car for Project Electromobility’s fleet. Together with Porsib, Inspiroline and 24auto.ro the team at Casa Auto helped us accomplish the goal of our project “educating by test driving” for people interested in electromobility.
After more than 200 test drives and 14.300 km our Hyundai Ioniq, lovelingly called by its friends “Ionica”, is still going strong, with ZERO technical problems whatsoever.
Tested and verified frugality, compared to another efficiency champion the Tesla Model 3, continues to be the joy of every day commuting since spring temperatures brought the average weekly consumption back to 12 – 13.5 kWh/100 km. The cost of energy consumption is less than 1.8 euro for 100 km at current pricing in Romania (13.4 eurocent / kWh).
Fast charging of its small 28 kWh battery makes longer trips possible without delays and range is sufficient for every day commute and additional errands. Even without 100 kW fast charging stations, we never had to stop for more than 30 minutes at Kaufland’s 50 kW CCS charging stations, before continuing our trips from Sibiu to Timisoara, Brebu Nou or Bran and Brasov.
Daily charging is not required anymore since outside temperatures are above 10 C and the 100% charged battery allows for over 200 km range. During cold winter days we charged daily at the regular 220 V socket and benefited from the preheating function. This is one of the most beloved features, as the interior was warm and all windows defrosted, no matter how cold Sibiu winter mornings were.
Everybody driving Ionica falls in love with the smooth acceleration, comfortable ride, ease of operation and “one pedal driving”, dash board and commands being more conventional than the minimalist interior of the Model 3.
Two complaints voiced by several test drivers are:
- low visibility in rear view mirror
Looking forward to the 2020 Ioniq refresh, we expect range to increase to almost 300 km with the larger battery, even if the overall shape (and rear visibility) will remain unchanged.
Same great technology and efficiency packed in different shapes and forms is available on related models of the Hyundai Kia group, Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul and Kia Niro.
Looking forward to the Ioniq’s summer time performance and economy with air conditioning running on longer vacation trips.