Hyundai’s 2021 Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric now include 250 kWh of complimentary fast charging through Electrify America, with more than 2,400 ultra-fast chargers across the U.S. According to Electrify America, 96 percent of the population lives within a 120-mile radius of one of their chargers.
Whether it’s in response to concerns among potential buyers, or it’s an incentive to get more drivers to switch from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, Hyundai is attempting to make ditching your gas-powered vehicle for one of their EVs a little easier.
To help clarify what Hyundai is offering, the EPA estimated driving range of both Hyundai EVs with 250 kWh of power is about 1,000 miles. There is the usual disclaimer about vehicle options, driving conditions and habits, your new vehicle’s condition, and that of its batteries, with anything not noted covered as other factors.
It takes about 54 minutes on a 100-kW DC fast charger or 75 minutes on a 50-kW DC fast charger to top off your Hyundai. Again, it varies depending on the battery level, the output of the charging unit, and the outside temperature. The 2021 Kona EV has a 258-mile, EPA-estimated range, based on a full charge. Fueleconomy.gov, the U.S. government’s official source, says the 2021 Kona with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder gas engine gets 30 MPG combined, 28 MPG city, and 32 highway, just as a point of reference.
The 2021 Ioniq Electric has a 170-mile, EPA-estimated range, also based on a full charge. The EPA uses an equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for EVs called MPGe, and the 2021 Ioniq EVs numbers are 133, combined, 145 city, and 121 highway MPGe. While we’re not inclined to trade in our gas-powered vehicles for an EV just yet, it is somewhat comforting knowing that in lieu of a gas card, Hyundai is prepared to give you a ‘charge’ card when buying a 2021 Kona or Ioniq EV.[Images: Hyundai, Electrify America]