Does the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Have Enough Range for the Average American Commute?
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 appears to be the electric vehicle of the year. The electric SUV checks several boxes in terms of practicality, comfort, and style. The real question on the minds of many Americans is, does the Ioniq 5 EV have enough range?
How much range does the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 have?
An electric vehicle with inadequate range is an impractical EV. The industry has seen electric vehicles fail whenever they lack enough range to satisfy the average driver. We’ve seen it with the Honda Clarity EV.
The Mazda MX-30’s sales have been poor because it only has a 100-mile driving range. The Ioniq 5 offers sufficient driving range at every trim level. Ioniq 5 models get between 220 and 303 miles of range.
Today, the industry standard for sufficient range is between 200 and 250 miles of range. So the Ioniq 5 has competitive driving range, but what about making it through the average commute?
ABC News claims that the average American drives about 16 miles to work each day and 16 miles back home. So, that works out to at least 32 miles of battery use a day. If a driver commutes 32 miles a day with the Ioniq 5 starting Monday, they would still have 60 miles of driving range by Friday afternoon. Even if a driver commutes 50 miles a day, they wouldn’t have to think about charging until the third or fourth afternoon in the work week. If you buy a home charger for the Ioniq 5 you could simply plug it in for a few hours every 3 days to have enough range for your commute.
Buy a home charger for the Hyundai Ioniq 5
Home chargers make electric vehicle ownership much easier. While there are many free public chargers available in parks and parking lots, these charging stations often lack the power for a good charge session. It could take a whole hour to recoup less than 20 miles of driving range using some level 1 chargers.
Your best bet to have the ideal Ioniq 5 ownership experience is to buy a level 2 home charger (after consulting with an electrician). This will reduce your charging time and make charging feel like less of a chore.
Which Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV should you buy?
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes in four different trim levels. It’s available as an SE Standard Range, SE, SEL, and Limited. The SE Standard range starts at $39,950. Every Ioniq 5 trim is eligible for the federal electric vehicle tax incentive of $7,500.
The Ioniq 5 Limited is the best Ioniq 5 trim for the money, especially after the tax incentive. Its starting price is $51,100, The price is closer to $43,600 after the tax credit is redeemed. The Ioniq 5 won an Editor’s Choice award from Car and Driver as well as the World Car of the year award.
Read more about the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited in the next article below.