And it may be better than the Nissan Leaf.
We've known details for a few months now about the mid-life facelift given to the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and the Ioniq plug-in hybrid. And now the automaker has released official pricing details for EV version only. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE carries an MSRP of $33,045 and the Limited begins at $38,615. A $995 destination charge is not included.
However, an available federal tax credit up to $7,500 will bring the Ioniq SE price down to as low as $24,545. The Ioniq Limited is reduced to $31,115. The all-electric Ioniq had to receive numerous upgrades in order to remain competitive. The outgoing version's range and power output simply weren't good enough, especially with competition like the Tesla Model 3.
Updates include an additional 46 miles to its driving range, now rated at 170 miles (the 2020 Nissan Leaf is rated at 149 miles), a new battery pack that increases from 28kWh to 38.3 kWh, and a standard DC fast-charge capability of 80 percent of range (136 miles) in only 54 minutes.
There are also exterior and interior styling improvements as well as an updated infotainment system and the addition of the SmartSense active safety and driver assistance systems. Another nifty piece of tech available to buyers and existing owners is the Amazon Home Services EV home charger and installation.
This is basically a one-step 240-volt, Hyundai-approved Level 2 charging system that's installed professionally. In fact, you can order it and schedule the installation directly on Amazon via its own landing page. With the 240-volt charger, the 2020 Ioniq Electric will reportedly charge eight times faster than it normally would from a standard wall outlet. Moreover, this new Hyundai-Amazon collaboration aims to make shopping for and installing a home electric charger trouble-free. Only licensed technicians will be used, so there shouldn't be any concern about shoddy installation.
Hyundai has still not announced a precise on sale date for the 2020 Ioniq Electric and Ioniq PHEV, but the official website indicates sales will get underway this winter.