The Hyundai IONIQ 6 demonstrates in practice its huge potential for ultrafast charging
As many say, one thing is the maximum power of charge, and the other is the medium power or the charge curve. For example, a car that advertises a power of 300 kW may be slower than one that advertises 200 kW. One of the groups that are doing the best to work on this aspect is Hyundai, and with their new IONIQ 6, they have managed to repeat the great results of the IONIQ 5.
So it was possible to verify first-hand the French portal Automobile-Propre, which had the opportunity to test a unit of the IONIQ 6, and where, in addition to its driving and autonomy, have verified its promising fast charge capabilities. Y no ha decepcionado.
One of the first conclusions of the test is that the actual consumption of the IONIQ 6 is somewhat higher than expected. Despite its aerodynamic work, the 77 kWh version has averaged a consumption of 21.6 kWh per 100 km. That is a figure somewhat penalized by the low temperatures existing in France these days, which will likely be better when spring arrives, or if we travel more south of Europe.
That means that the IONIQ 6 in these circumstances, could do something more than 300 kilometers with a full charge. That is a figure much lower than its numbers achieved under the WLTP cycle, 614 km, but it can compensate with the fact that it is its main base. To install Fast charge.
Fast charge curve IONIQ 6
As expected, the 800V system of the IONIQ 6 glows with its own light when it comes to charging an ultrafast station.
At a point of 350 kW, the Korean model can reach 80% in just 18 minutes, with an average power of 203 kW. Almost double the numbers achieved by the Tesla Model Y which despite counting with higher peak power, 250 kW, does not reach the excellent charge curve of the Hyundai.
As we can see in the graph, the IONIQ 6 starts as a slow charge and needs to reach 30% to exceed 200 kW. Something we can see is that there are some differences with its sibling the IONIQ 5. The differences also extend to the upper part of the SOC.
And once it reaches 80%, the IONIQ 6 does not slow down and needs only 6 minutes to reach 90% and then another 17 minutes to reach 100%. Something that translates into that to achieve a complete charge, we will need only 41 minutes.
That represents a significant improvement concerning the IONIQ 5 and is explained by the technical change made by Hyundai that has reduced the power cut to market by 80% with consequently reduced charge times in longer sessions.
The result is a model that, in a station with sufficient power, is capable of recovering 217 kilometers of autonomy in just 15 minutes or recharging 300 kilometers in only half an hour, allowing, in this case, the testers to complete a journey of 500 Kilometers by autovía in 4 hours and 41 minutes, where only 17 minutes have been added for a load at the time that they would need without making any stops.