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Hyundai Ioniq Electric gets revised styling, longer range

A new battery has 36 percent more storage capacity.

Hyundai has released more photos and final EU specifications for the refreshed Ioniq Electric.

The EV has received an upgraded battery with 38.3-kWh, a 36-percent improvement over the outgoing 28-kWh module. Range has jumped to 193 miles according to the WLTP test cycle.

The European range spec is presumably a bit more generous than the EPA estimate, which has not been announced but will likely add nearly 50 miles to the current model's 124-mile range in the US market. The updated model also integrates a new charging system that can fill a depleted battery to 80 percent in just 54 minutes at a 100-kW charging station.

A range of around 170 miles would put the Ioniq Electric in a unique position above the handful EVs with a range between 100-150 miles (BMW i3, Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf 40kWh) but short of the 200+ mile crowd (Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf 62 kWh) where Hyundai has positioned the Kona Electric with 258 miles.

The refreshed Ioniq Electric is scheduled to land in European showrooms next month. The company has not yet announced details of a US launch.

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