On a “world tour” with Hyundai Ioniq 5

On a “world tour” with Hyundai Ioniq 5


Can an electric car also cover long distances? We tried. Our tour with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 took us to Norway and Brazil, among other places. However, your goals are closer than you think.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: Fast to California.
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Who wouldn’t want to travel to Egypt, Brazil and California? With such a “world trip” one is already thinking about long flights to foreign or exotic places around the world. But wait a minute: the whole journey in just three days. How does that work?

Yes, it works – even by car! To be more precise, with a clean Stromer, the Hyundai Ioniq 5. The highlight: the middle places with names like Egypt and Brazil are all in the north of Germany.

Extended steps

Our journey of about 1,100 kilometers took us through long stretches, mostly on highways and partly on country roads, only rarely interrupted by the obligatory stops at fast charging stations. The navigation system made it possible to find the right electric range on the route. It’s perfectly fine, but we’d like the sat nav to also display the column power for the target charging point. The right software must help here.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Not always a foreign location: Egypt is also shown on the navigation map.
Ingo Reuss

We start with a full-time electrician in Frankfurt, specifically with the rear-wheel drive model of the Ioniq, which uses the most powerful battery in the current version (72.6 kWh). In the first stage, the long one from Frankfurt via Kassel to Emsland, South Korea – driven cautiously – consumed only 16.1 kWh per 100 km. To put it plainly: We didn’t want to be a traffic block on the way. In our case, on the one hand, it should be a practical test and not a trip to save. On the other hand, “full throttle” trips were taboo for us. Another team shows how economical the Ioniq 5 can be with electricity, which probably reduces our consumption by a little more than two kWh. Our trip is very fast: for about 500 km we need about five hours and two short breaks, including a careful stop at a fast charging station.

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Fast charging: Ioniq 5 on a powerful charger.
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On the power line, we’re driving the rear of the electric car backwards accordingly. Now the charging cable is actually easily connected to the car and the charging card is held against the control panel of the e-pillar. The car’s electronics and powertrain make little contact and away you go. With up to 200 kWh on the charger, the Ioniq’s battery charges from about 35 percent to a good 80 percent in about 25 minutes. With 800-volt technology, charging is as fast as a Porsche Taycan. To be on the safe side, we reserve around 35 percent capacity (instead of the recommended 20 percent) as a buffer, although that would not be necessary. Now there are many payment centers.

Stop in Egypt

On the first day, which takes us to Münster and Emsland, we stop for a photo at the “Egypt” sign. The next day takes you via “Norway” to Bremerhaven to the BLG (Bremer Lagerhaus-Gesellschaft) car terminal, an overseas loading station. Hyundai and its sister brand Kia are good customers there. In the afternoon, the journey continues past Bremen and Hamburg to near Kiel and an overnight stay near Plön. Here the signs of the city “Brazil” and “California” can be interested. The long journey is interrupted only by two charging stations of about 25 minutes each, including at a road service point and a public power station in front of the door of a Renault dealer in a remote village in Holstein. After all, the French brand with rhombus is considered a pioneer in electric mobility. On the last third day, we quickly travel 120 kilometers to Hamburg, where our “world tour” ends.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Entry without a passport: This Brazil has a city gate.
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With the revised model that Hyundai will launch in the next few weeks, the ride would definitely be more enjoyable. Bonus points after the update: The larger battery of the Ioniq 5 will store 77.4 instead of 72.6 kWh in the future. With a more powerful battery, the WLTP version of the 168 kW/229 hp (from 47,900 euros) with rear-wheel drive and 19-inch wheels increases to more than 500 km, which corresponds to an increase of five percent. The performance of the top model has increased to an impressive 239 kW/325 hp, an increase of seven percent. Hyundai specifies the power consumption of this model with two electric motors and all-wheel drive at 17.9 to 19.2 kWh/100 km. It has a lot of equipment and is offered from 59,200 euros. An entry-level model with a small battery and only one electric motor that has an output of 125 kW / 170 hp (power consumption: combined 16.7 kWh / 100 km) is sold from 43,900 euros. Jürgen Keller, Managing Director of Hyundai Germany, promises delivery without waiting if a pre-configured car is chosen.

It also provides electricity

Not only the performance of the “E-CUV” has been improved, but also the equipment: The suspension and damping have been improved to increase driving comfort. The battery heating system, which brings the battery to a higher temperature before fast charging, is. now it’s a high level. For an additional fee of 1300 euros, camera-based exterior mirrors can be ordered to reduce air resistance. Long-term road assistance package and emergency brake work at intersections available for 1000 euros. Ioniq 5 or even feeding electricity to the national grid to supply the household – he showed us this – in the evening with external lights using a chain of lights Last but not least, the great warranty on the car and the high-voltage battery (eight years each) speaks for itself. for Hyundai Stromer.

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A world trip through Germany: a stop in Norway.
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In 2023, along with the Ioniq 5, the Ioniq 6 will be launched, a sedan with a coupé-like roof, a drag coefficient of 0.21 and a range of about 600 km. A large luxury SUV called the Ioniq 7 will also follow under the new Hyundai brand label ” Ioniq”.