Don’t look for a 350-kw connector, 150 kw can be just as fast

Hyundai Ioniq 5 and its close cousin, the Kia EV6 are so significant in the market that they are able to take advantage of the 350-kw CCS connector and their fast charging power level is authorized by 800-volts. Charging system.

These 350-kW connectors, under ideal conditions, can ensure 10% to 80% road-trip charge in 18 minutes.

We looked around it and it was amazingly fast. This and other vehicles that can use the increasingly common 350-kW connectors – including the Lucid Air, Porsche Tycoon, Audi E-Tron GT, and GMC Hummer EV – show that high power charging can be a game-changer.

That said, 350-kilowatt connectors are still not common. Create your electric-vehicle travel map around the 150-kilowatt connector and you may have much more flexibility than the target of a 350-kilowatt connector each time.

So… if we charge a more conveniently located 150-kW charger, would I really give up so much in time?

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

Short answer: on Ioniq 5 or EV6, probably not. Between these two models, I’ve already seen more than half a dozen DC fast-charges, including just two charge sessions, on a nice warm day, at something close to the claimed rate. More realistic than a 350-kilowatt connector just under half an hour.

This happened, basically, during a follow-up I recently saw with Hyundai Ioniq 5. তে in a 150-kw connector

While charging this test car, a 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD with a larger 77.4-kwh battery pack and a 256-mile EPA range rating — I don’t think I left any time to go for a 150-kW charger. Instead.

Just before the ambient temperature of 68 degrees and the relatively mild driving, I plugged in the 150-kilowatt Electrify America connector at 8%. And it only took 15 minutes to reach 50%, with only 11 minutes left to reach 80%. And the tragedy was that when I noticed an irregular explosion rate at 350-kW charging, the Ioniq 5 charged about 130 kw steadily, the pack was warming up to the norm and slowly working around 150 kw.

Cold or rainy? Probably not going to look fast enough to justify 350 kw

To throw another example into the mix. About a week later I saw the Kia EV6 again with the same size battery pack, and after driving more spirits but in humid, cool weather (49 degrees), I got 7% ​​to 80% in 31 minutes after plugging in the 350-kW connector. Yes, actually slow. I first saw the low power, then the explosion up to 202 kW, at 35% for short, the power for the rest of the charge was fixed just above 150 kW.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 Fast Charging - Lacey, WA

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 Fast Charging – Lacey, WA

2022 Kia EV6 Fast Charging

2022 Kia EV6 Fast Charging

2022 Kia EV6 Fast Charging

2022 Kia EV6 Fast Charging

Yes, ambient temperatures can probably do a lot with slower speeds. But unlike a 350-kilowatt charge, the battery temperature doesn’t seem to need to be in a certain sweet spot to get close to the maximum rate from a 150-kilowatt connector.

Hyundai and Kia have talked about introducing a prerequisite feature and it could change things in the future, making that maximum rate more widely accessible. But it’s worth remembering that even at official, standard times, Hyundai quotes 18 minutes at 25 minutes 150 kw vs 350 kw.

Great skill, too

In my follow-up with the Ioniq 5, I found it almost as efficient as my first driving experience in December in Southern California. More than 70.7 miles (odometer checked), I averaged 3.8 miles per kilowatt hour in a mix of city and suburban driving, then more than 141.4 miles of freeway driving – mostly around 70 miles per hour, but in eco mode – I averaged 3.3 miles per hour. kwh It refers to highway driving consistent with the EPA range, and the range of travel-style can provide anything close to 300 miles under ideal conditions.

Like my first drive of the Ioniq 5, I liked the overall design and details of the exterior and all the little design throughout the cabin. The design simply pops up the way some other moderns do – and better than the related Kia EV6.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

Although I was less excited about the quality of the Ioniq 5 ride. The Limited, which mounts on 20-inch wheels and Michelin Primacy Tour tires, carries some stiffness through the sidewall and then the wall with softness and body motion after a big push. It’s not a combination that works particularly well on American roads যদিও although at lower trim levels with longer sidewalls, it’s a more cohesive melody.

Other sneakers that are shown a little more in the follow-up: The interior is designed for wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, not just that. It hangs wires next to the driver or passenger in an otherwise conceptually bright wide-open front-seat space.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

I will soon follow this up with a real-world range of roundup and charging experience for the EV6 and Ioniq 5, including much more of the EV6 and how the two measure up to each other. And of these, you can choose any, don’t go out of your way for a 350-kW connector.

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