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Is the Hyundai Ioniq gunning for the Tesla Model Y’s most-sold electric vehicle spot? The Tesla Model Y is the current undisputed best-selling electric vehicle. It has sold thousands of more units than the runner-up, which also happens to be a Tesla. Hyundai has been making huge strides with its hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Now its electric SUV, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, is giving the Tesla Model Y a run for its money.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is coming for the best electric SUV title

The Tesla Model Y is unique in many ways. It enjoys all the novelties of being part of the most innovative lineup in the automotive industry. Aside from a plethora of fun and often unnecessary features and modes, the Tesla Model Y also boasts impressive performance specs for an electric SUV.

Hyundai has stepped up to the plate and is releasing the Hyundai Ioniq 5 as a direct competitor. The Ioniq 5 is expected to start at $45,000. It will use an electric powertrain that makes 225 horsepower. There are very few electric SUVs currently out, but the competition is stiff because of standout models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

One of the key selling points of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is its fast charging capabilities. Hyundai doesn’t have anything on Tesla’s Supercharger network, but the Ioniq does charge quickly. Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 5 can last for 62 miles on just a five-minute charge. Just 20 minutes of charging should supply a comfortable amount of energy to drive with. It may charge quickly, but does the Ioniq 5 have what it takes to go the distance with the Tesla Model y? According to InsideEVs, the Ioniq 5 is a real contender.

Which electric SUV has the best range?

A blue Tesla Model Y electric SUV.
The Tesla Model Y | Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Good battery range is essential to the success of an electric vehicle. The Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are becoming popular because they offer great range on a full charge. Practicality was once a huge hurdle for electric vehicles, but battery technology is improving, and EVs can go further than ever with their batteries.

Automakers like Toyota are creating batteries that can provide more power despite being smaller. EV battery technology is developing at an amazing pace, and the results of this progress are the most capable EVs consumers have ever seen. Whether this new technology is actually eco-friendly or not is another story.

Battery range is one of the most important factors when comparing EVs, so which electric SUV has the best battery range, the Tesla Model Y or Hyundai Ioniq 5? The Tesla Model Y Standard Range is estimated to last for 244 miles on a single charge. Tesla’s Long Range Model Y is estimated to go 326 miles on a full battery. Hyundai estimates that the base model’s battery will last between 258 and 290 miles on a single charge. Ultimately, the Model Y has the best range, but who knows what the future holds for the Ioniq 5.

What’s the best EV SUV?

A black Hyundai IONIQ 5 car is on display during the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 | VCG via Getty Images

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is Using DC Fast Charging

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an exciting new electric SUV, but it’s just too early to say it is better than the Tesla Model Y. It looks great and charges quickly. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also has a surprising amount of power. The bottom line is that the Tesla Model Y has gained consumers’ trust, which is extremely hard for any electric vehicle.

For the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to truly compete with the Tesla Model Y, it must prove it is reliable and can go as far as it claims on a single charge. The Ioniq 5 has great potential as a practical electric SUV, but there is still a lot to prove to earn a fan base akin to the Model Y’s fan base. The best current EV SUV is probably the Ford Mustang Mach-E, but the Tesla Model Y is a strong second choice.