How to Charge Your IONIQ 5 at Home
Traveling up to an EPA-estimated 303 miles on a single charge, the IONIQ 5 has the highest all-electric range of any Hyundai. And it’s one of the fastest charging electric vehicles out there. In fact, just 5 minutes at an 800V DC ultra-fast charger can get you up to 68 miles of range. Plus, it’s super easy to charge. Stop in to Rosen Hyundai Algonquin today to learn more about the Hyundai IONIQ 5!
Introducing the IONIQ 5
With design that defies definition, an interior that’s huge on space and innovation, and Hyundai’s most advanced technology yet, the IONIQ 5 gives you a head start on tomorrow. It’s your journey. Plus, you get 2 years of 30-minute complimentary charging sessions when you purchase the 2023 IONIQ 5. The one-of-a-kind design of the IONIQ 5 inspires you with the past, future and present. It’s unlike any EV or SUV you’ve ever seen.
How To Charge Hyundai IONIQ 5 at Home
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 supports both the 400-volt and 800-volt DC fast chargers, making it one of the fastest electric car battery charging systems on the market. Once you decide which IONIQ 5 charging cable you prefer, simply install that system and plug in your vehicle just like your smartphone.
The Dual Level Charge Cord features a changeable plug, giving you the flexibility of using Level 1 or 2 charging at home (professional installation required). Level 1 charging can be used anywhere there is a 3-prong 120-volt outlet. This is a great option to top off. Level 2 charging is used with a 240-volt outlet and gives you faster charging at home. DC Fast Charging is the highest level of charging and can only be found at public charging stations.
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 charge time is one of the fastest out there on the market. With a 350-kWh charger, the IONIQ 5 will charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. That’s around 179 miles of range. Depending on how much you drive, you might have to charge as little as once per week. For longer trips, the IONIQ 5’s impressive charging capability means you’ll spend less time at a charging station and more time enjoying the open road.
Hyundai Home is Here for You
Hyundai Home is a partnership between Hyundai and Electrum created to make charging IONIQ 5 at home easier than ever. The partnership will also develop a one-stop online marketplace to connect homeowners in select states to solar panels, energy storage systems, EV chargers, and local installers. It gives homeowners in select states an easy way to produce, store, and use their own energy to power their lives at home and on the road.
One of the best things about driving electric is the ability to charge at home. And with the 240-volt Level 2 ChargePoint Home Flex EV charger—now available in select markets—you can charge up to 9 times faster than with a conventional 110-volt outlet. This Hyundai IONIQ home charger gives you more ways to take charge of your home’s energy.
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Which EV Charging Network Offers the Fastest Charging?
If you’re planning a long road trip, you need to find the fastest EV chargers so you can get on the road quickly.
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Electric vehicle charging infrastructure was one of the biggest roadblocks to massive EV adoption. But, as of late, charging networks have markedly improved the charging infrastructure in the US.
Now that it’s feasible to charge your EV around the nation, and long road trips are no longer scary, the charging networks are initiating a charging speed arms race. All the major charging networks offer fast charging, but which one is king?
Tesla Supercharger Network
Tesla is the current king of performance EVs and offers some of the best high-performance electric cars on the market, and it’s earned that place at the top by constantly innovating and offering better products than the competition.
The Supercharger network is one of the most comprehensive electric charging networks in the world, and if you own a Tesla vehicle, you don’t need to look anywhere else to charge your car.
Charging your Tesla EV with a Supercharger is seamless and works perfectly with your vehicle. The ecosystem that Tesla has built around its electric cars is very reminiscent of what Apple has been able to accomplish with its range of products.
The Supercharger network also offers fast charging rates, with 250 kW available as the maximum rate. According to Tesla’s Supercharger site, you can recover up to 200 miles of driving range by charging for a measly 15 minutes.
The great thing is that your Tesla will automatically precondition the battery if you navigate to a Supercharger to make charging even faster. 250 kW is definitely impressive, but it doesn’t take top honors because there are even faster-charging solutions out there.
Electrify America Network
Electrify America is Volkswagen’s Supercharger competitor, partnering with tons of automakers to bring free charging for customers. The free charging incentive of Electrify America provides a great reason to buy an EV at the moment, and it’s probably convincing a lot of potential customers that might have been on the fence. In terms of overall charging speed, the Electrify America network offers blistering charge rates of up to 350 kW.
Of course, it’s important to note that your EV must be compatible with these insane charging rates. Otherwise, your actual rate will be capped at whatever your electric car can accept. Regardless, if you have a vehicle that can take advantage of the full charging rate Electrify America offers, you’ll be able to fill up your EV in no time.
One of the best free charging plans currently available is the one Hyundai offers with Electrify America for its IONIQ 5 EV. This incentive includes two years of free charging as long as the sessions are no longer than 30 minutes.
This is one of the biggest perks that separates Electrify America from the competition—their partnerships are extensive and generous. Buying a new EV and replenishing its battery free of charge is a major win.
This is especially useful because of the awesome charging speeds Electrify America offers, as well as the fact that the network is growing every day. If you’re constantly on the road, buying a vehicle with an Electrify America charging bonus might be a great investment.
ChargePoint sells its charging stations to businesses, so these private buyers are essential to the network’s growth. This business model is interesting, and it allows the network to grow at a Rapid pace.
ChargePoint also makes home chargers for EV owners that want an L2 solution for their home. In terms of charging rate, ChargePoint offers chargers that can supply power anywhere from 125kW all the way to 350kW.
Investing in a ChargePoint station might be a great option if you’re a business owner and want to stay ahead of the curve. This is especially true if you want to diversify your customer base. Companies like ChargePoint might actually accelerate the adoption of charging stations in more isolated areas faster than bigger networks like Electrify America.
EVgo offers charging stations that can charge your EV at a rate of 50kW on the low end and a whopping 350kW at the top end. This is definitely ultra-fast, although, at the moment, the number of EVs that can take advantage of these ludicrous charging speeds is quite limited.
The incredible Lucid Air EV is among the select few EVs that can come close to taking advantage of the full 350kW rate. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, as it’s almost guaranteed that more and more carmakers will continue to install faster-charging capabilities in future EVs.
It seems most electric vehicle charging networks are offering 350kW solutions for their customers, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes Tesla to offer a faster charging option for its customer base.
Volta is one of the most innovative charging networks out there, with charging stations that double as massive screens showing ads. Volta offers L2 charging as well as L3 charging solutions. However, don’t expect blazing charging speeds if you’re looking to fast charge your EV at a Volta station. According to Volta’s FAQ page, its L3 chargers aren’t exactly the fastest around.
Seeking solutions to the EV charging queue problem
Long lines at DC fast-charging stations may become a more common occurrence as more electric vehicles hit the road.
As I was driving around New York state recently, I witnessed a problem looming in the shadows: queuing at direct-current (DC) electric vehicle fast-charging stations. And earlier this month, I stumbled upon a LinkedIn post highlighting the same budding dilemma.
Historically, the long lines peak during the holidays when DC fast-charging stations see a rise in charging sessions — especially in states such as California, where 16 percent of all new vehicle sales are electric, compared with 9 percent in other EV-leading states such as New York or Oregon and even less elsewhere. However, this queuing issue may become a more common occurrence and potentially a nightmare for drivers as more EVs hit the road.
As background, in the world of EV charging, DC fast-charging stations, also known as Level 3 charging stations, generally charge an EV from 0 to 80 percent in 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the station type and vehicle.
The way I see it, the queuing issue breaks down into three buckets:
- Not enough charging stations
- Getting drivers on their way
- Managing the queue
Let’s explore each point, review what exists as a solution and suggest some alternative routes.
Not enough charging stations
Deploying more DC fast-charging stations is one simple and obvious solution to the queuing problem. fast-charging stations would lead to additional charging opportunities, which would then decrease the chance of overcrowding. As of January, 28,250 public DC fast-charging stations exist in the U.S.
That number is expected to rise rapidly as states deploy more charging stations through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to achieve President Joe Biden’s goal of 500,000 chargers by 2030.
Additionally, Tesla has officially committed to adding 3,500 Supercharger locations with compatible chargers for non-Tesla EVs, and it’s already deploying some chargers. These efforts work in tandem with the company’s plan to double its overall charging network by 2024.
Anthony Lambkin, Electrify America’s vice president of operations, agrees that more charging stations could help address the problem, but they aren’t the only solution.
One simple way to address the problem is through more EV charging education, especially around charging etiquette, so drivers are aware of charging best practices, including queuing. And customers who use the Electrify America app will know what stations have chargers available for better trip planning.
Getting drivers on their way
Charging providers use idle fees to discourage vehicles from idling in a spot after charging is complete. In the basic sense, an idle fee is what the provider charges a driver for the additional time they remain plugged into the charger after reaching 100 percent state-of-charge.
Tesla’s approach to idle fees only kicks in when the entire station location is at 50 percent capacity or more. Other companies also charge idle fees, but enforcement seems sporadic. For example, Out of Spec reviews tested a lack of idle fee enforcement by Electrify America and confirmed that the company was not charging fees, even though it was supposed to. When I asked Lambkin why this is happening and if it’s still ongoing, I didn’t get a clear answer: We are currently evaluating various approaches to encourage customers to move their vehicles after they have finished charging and [in a way that] doesn’t compromise the customer experience.
In addition to actually enforcing idle fees, charging providers could also increase the charging cost once a vehicle reaches the infamous 80 percent state-of-charge threshold. Once a battery hits 80 percent, the charging speed significantly reduces, which can further increase queuing issues. Adding this component would be different from how major charging companies such as Electrify America and EVgo charge for using their stations — per kilowatt-hour. However, the idea isn’t entirely off the beaten path from something like time of use rates.
But wait, what about reserved charging?
The queuing problem may worsen as more charging providers and automotive companies explore the idea of reserved charging at scale. Through this approach, a driver can reserve a charging station as they approach it to ensure it’s available for them to charge.
Once a battery hits 80%, the charging speed significantly reduces, which can further increase queuing issues.
However, I’m not entirely sure how reserving charging stations will fix EV charging queuing issues. For example, this British tabloid captures how emotions can run high as people wait to charge. Now imagine having a perfectly usable charging station just waiting in reserve mode because a driver hasn’t arrived yet. Extrapolate that out, where dozens of stations are just waiting to be used, at any given location, and it doesn’t make sense to plug in only for a short duration of time before the reserved time slot begins, and you can see some issues developing.
Managing the queue
Remember when I told you I witnessed a charging pileup firsthand? This is when that anecdote becomes relevant. As I was charging at a Tesla Supercharger station, the lot quickly reached capacity. Yet cars continued to pull into the station to wait for a charge.
The situation was stress-inducing even as an observer. I witnessed drivers parking their vehicles to face the charging EVs, often taking up one to two parking spaces in the process. Once a charging station opened up, it seemed like a mad dash in acceleration from the poorly organized queue, creating a huge safety issue for pedestrians and other drivers.
Charging providers and automotive companies, working through in-vehicle navigation systems, could dynamically push drivers to different charging locations as one approach to relieve the pressure.
Tesla’s Trip Planner already does this in some form, which has also helped the company improve fast-charging speeds by 30 percent over five years. However, clearly it’s not a perfect solution, as stories continue to pop up of Tesla drivers clogging up Supercharger locations.
Other automotive companies offer various in-vehicle navigation features that route drivers through charging stations. But in my opinion, nothing is close to Tesla. I’ve heard many stories very similar to the one here (jump to the 5:00 mark for the piece on EV charging) where the in-car GPS routed a driver to a broken charging station.
Another alternative solution is the idea of a virtual queue. Monta, an EV operating platform, offers a version of virtual queuing. But it appears the business model is geared toward businesses with workplace charging, and it feels more like a reservable EV charging station model, as discussed earlier.
In an ideal world, the EV industry adds a dynamic lever to the charging model. As you approach a full charging location, your EV (of any make) connects to the charging location and enters itself into a virtual queue, with entry to the queue dependent upon close geographical proximity. Drivers then park in an available normal parking spot, and only when prompted, proceed to plug in and charge. If a driver attempted to charge before their turn, the chargers would simply not communicate with the vehicle. This could allow a driver to be more relaxed, park their vehicle in an available parking space and wait their turn.
Testimonial: On the road to a stress-free holiday by electric car
Pierre, who lives in Toulouse, switched to an electric vehicle in 2020, and now there’s no turning back! He and his family regularly make long trips in their electric car, and this summer was no exception. We talked to Pierre to find out more about their adventures in their Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Electric cars for the whole family
When Pierre decided to transition to an electric vehicle in 2020, the Kia e-Niro was an easy choice. It offered the ideal level of comfort for a primary/family car and, most importantly, the whole family approved!
Shortly afterwards, Pierre purchased a Renault Zoe as a secondary vehicle, used mainly by his partner for short everyday outings.
In the e-Niro, Pierre was able to experience his first 100% electric long-distance journeys. Although he was very happy with the Kia, he decided to switch to a Hyundai Ioniq 5 RWD 72,6 kWh in April 2022.
“She’s just wow…” Pierre shared on his Instagram account, @elec_my_ride. “There are 4 of us, and I wanted more room (boot, interior). Most importantly, thanks to its DC ultra-fast charging, it can charge from 20% to 80% in 15 minutes, which gives us 300 km!”
Summer holidays in an electric car: 1000 km without a bump in the road
How did your travels go?
“Our trip went very smoothly! We left Toulouse as a family and dropped the kids off in Aveyron before hitting the road again to spend a few days in Marseille,” Pierre explained.
During Pierre’s 1,000-kilometre round trip in his Ioniq 5, finding and accessing the charging stations proved generally straightforward.
However, Pierre did encounter some charging setbacks along the way. During a Toulouse – Cap Ferret – Collioure trip in July 2022, he recalled: “We made it 530 km in a single day… with the kids! Going back through Toulouse before heading off to Collioure, I had to deal with a lot of faulty charging stations, which made the drive much longer…”
To avoid these stressful situations, Pierre tries to plan his charging stops in advance. The Chargemap mobile app has proved a vital asset: “I always plan my trips using Chargemap’s route feature. It’s the only tool I use to locate suggested charging stations along my route.”
Once his charging stops are all mapped out, Pierre uses the on-board system Apple CarPlay, compatible with Chargemap, to get to each stop.
What did you think of the number of EV drivers on the road this summer?
“I’ve been driving an electric car since 2020, and I’ve noticed that there are more and more people at the charging stations, especially on the motorway,” Pierre explained.
In fact, in France alone, out of 162,794 vehicles put on the road in the first half of 2022, plug-in electrified vehicles represented 17%. (Source: Avere-France Press Release – 12/07/2022)
However, during his trip, Pierre noted that the majority of electric vehicles he encountered at the charging stations were foreign. “In France, we do drive electric cars, but they are more widespread in other countries. At least that’s how it seems during summer charging stops!”
What do you use to charge at public charging stations?
“I use the Chargemap Pass at almost all stations, and my Hyundai pass on some charging networks” said Pierre.
Talking about his experience with the Chargemap card, he explained: “The fact that you can plug in almost anywhere is very convenient! Since I started using it, I’ve only encountered one issue while trying to charge. The Chargemap customer service team was very responsive, and the error was quickly resolved.”
What are your thoughts on the charging station network?
“Overall, the network of charging stations is well-developed, but it still depends on the region,” Pierre stressed. “For fast charging, I find, for example, that Aveyron ranks below cities like Bordeaux or Perpignan, where the network is pretty good.”
As explained above, one of the advantages of the Ioniq 5 is its ability to charge up to 232 kW. Naturally, Pierre mainly relies on fast-charging stations during his travels.
“Compared to 2 years ago, lots of motorway service areas have charging stations,” noted Pierre.
According to the ASFA (Association of French Motorway Companies), 219 service areas were equipped with charging stations as of 30 June 2022, which represents 60% of all areas in the network. This number has almost doubled compared to spring 2021. In total, we are talking about nearly 800 charging points, 70% of which offer ultra-fast charging, i.e. over 150 kW. (Source: Avere-France Press Release – 12/07/2022)
Pierre’s tips for long trips in an electric vehicle
Plan your charging stops in advance
“Almost every day, I find myself extolling the virtues of EVs to people who are ready to switch to electric but are scared of breaking down… which almost never happens!” Pierre told us.
Electric vehicles are no longer reserved for short everyday outings. With a little preparation, going travelling in an electric car is very possible. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, Pierre recommends using Chargemap’s route feature to plan out your charging stops.
Overcome unexpected obstacles by identifying alternative charging stations
Before each of his long trips, Pierre uses the “Stations” button in the Chargemap route planner to check the charging stations around his intended stop. “It’s always reassuring to have a plan B in case the stations are busy or out of order,” explained Pierre.
To learn more about the options for customising your routes in the Chargemap app, watch this short video.
“Don’t forget: in your electric car, you should be charging when you stop, not stopping to charge!” Pierre advised on his Instagram account.
One advantage of electric vehicles is that you don’t just fill up on the road. Whenever you park your electric car to pay a visit, go to the cinemas or run some errands, it’s a good time to charge. So try to plan your charging around your stops, not the other way around ⚡️
A big thank you to Pierre for his time and his feedback! Be sure to check out his Instagram account @elec_my_ride where he shares his experiences with electric vehicles.
What It Costs To Charge An Electric Vehicle
In general, it costs less to run an electric vehicle than a comparable internal combustion-powered model. However, depending on how, where, and when you charge an EV, the cost can vary wildly. Charging an EV at home is usually the cheapest way to go, though you may incur some added costs to make the process more efficient. Depending on the type of public charging station you use, replenishing the battery on the road can either be free or surprisingly costly.
Here’s what you can expect to pay to keep an electrified ride running:
Charging an electric vehicle at home, assuming you have a garage and/or access to the power grid, is the most common way to go. Most models include a basic 110-volt charging unit that plugs into a standard electric outlet via a conventional three-prong plug. Called Level 1 charging, this is the slowest way to replenish an EV’s battery. It can take between eight and as long as 24 hours to obtain a full charge, depending on the model.
It’s well worth it to spend around 250-400 to have an electrician install a dedicated 240-volt line in your garage to take advantage of what’s called Level 2 charging. This can refresh a drained battery in as little as four hours. You’ll also need to purchase an external Level 2 charging unit, which is also called the electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE). A good quality EVSE can cost between 300 and around 1,200, and they come in plug-in and hard-wired varieties. If you’re choosing a wall-mounted unit, expect to pay another 300-600 for installation. On the plus side, you may be able to take advantage of state and/or local incentives for buying and having a charger installed.
As for what you’ll pay in electricity costs to keep a given EV running, you can get a rough idea of what it will cost via the Environmental Protection Agency’s fueleconomy.gov website. It lists energy consumption information for all makes and models for the sake of comparison, and that includes electric cars. Each listing will tell you how many kilowatts per hour (kWh) it takes, on average, to drive an EV for 100 miles, and how much it will cost to drive 25 miles, based on average electricity rates. It also states how much you’ll pay to drive the vehicle for 15,000 annual miles in combined city/highway use.
As an example, the EPA estimates it costs an average of 0.81 to drive a Hyundai Ioniq Electric for 25 miles and 500 to pilot it for 15,000 miles. In contrast, the EPA says the most fuel-efficient version of the 2019 Toyota Corolla costs 2.12 to drive for 25 miles and exacts 1,300 at the gas pump annually.
Importantly, the EPA’s website allows you to customize predicted home charging costs according to the number of miles you drive during a given year, and your per-kWh electric rate.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintains a chart of average per-kWh electric rates for all 50 states here. According to the agency’s latest data, Louisiana residents pay the least in the nation for electricity at an average 0.098 per kWh. It costs the most to keep an EV running in Hawaii with an average cost of 0.331 for every kWh. Keep in mind that these are averages, and every local energy provider sets its own rates. Your electric bill likely states what you pay per kWh for energy, though that figure may not include the cost of delivery, taxes, and fees. A better way to figure this is to divide the amount of your total bill with all charges by the number of kWh you consumed in a given month.
If your provider allows billing for electricity based on demand at various times of the day, you may be able to charge an EV in the middle of the night at a reduced rate.
Be aware, however, that no matter what you pay per kWh it will cost more to keep an EV running during the coldest months of the year. Frigid weather negatively affects a battery’s performance and limits its ability to accept a charge. Research conducted by the AAA found that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the heater is in use, an average EV loses around 41 percent of its operating range. It also takes longer to charge the vehicle under frigid conditions. The AAA’s study found that at 20°F with the heater running, an owner will pay an additional 25 for every 1,000 miles driven to keep the battery charged, compared to the cost of running the vehicle at 75°F. An EV’s range is also adversely affected in extremely hot weather to a certain degree, especially with the air conditioning in use.
Level 2 Public Charging
Level 2 is the most prevalent type of pubic charging, and you’ll find units installed in retail parking lots, public parking garages, and new-car dealerships, typically in or near larger cities, college towns, and other areas where there’s a higher concentration of EVs.
Some Level 2 public charging stations can be used at no cost, while others charge a fee. This can either be on a pay-as-you-go basis using a credit card, or via an account with a charging network like ChargePoint or Blink. The cost to charge an EV differs from provider to provider and from state to state. Some states allow pricing based on the kWh of electricity used, while others only allow providers to charge on a per-minute basis. While the ChargePoint network allows the property owner where the charger is situated to set rates, Blink charges between 0.04-0.06 per minute or from 0.39 to 0.79 per kWh, in states where that’s permitted.
Chevrolet says its Bolt EV will get back an average 25 miles of operating range per hour of Level 2 charging. That’s a cost of between 2.40 and 3.60 at the above rates, compared to the EPA’s estimate of 2.15 to drive a gas-powered Chevrolet Cruze for 25 miles.
Level 3 Public Charging
A much less common – but far quicker – alternative is to access a Level 3 public charging station. Also known as DC Fast Charging, it can bring a given electric car’s battery up to 80% of its capacity in around 30-60 minutes.
EVgo maintains the nation’s largest network of Level 3 charging stations in major metropolitan areas, and offers free charging for two years to buyers of the BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf in select markets. Meanwhile, Tesla Motors maintains its own Supercharger network of fast-charging stations across the U.S., though their use is limited to Tesla vehicles. For its part, Porsche will give buyers of its full-electric Taycan three years of unlimited 30-minute charging at Electrify America charging units when it debuts for the 2020 model year.
Unfortunately, while Level 3 is the fastest way to charge an EV it’s also the costliest. As an example, we were recently billed 0.29 a minute for DC Fast Charging in the Chicago area via an EVgo station. (It’s 0.25 a minute for EVgo subscribers.) A 25-minute session that added around 50 miles of added range to a Volkswagen eGolf cost 7.25, which comes out to 3.62 for 25 miles. By comparison, the EPA says it costs an average of 2.26 to pilot the standard gas-powered VW Golf the same distance.
Tesla says it charges an average 0.28 per kWh to use one of its Superchargers in states where that type of billing is allowed. Where per-minute rates are mandated, it’s at 0.26 while cars are charging at or below 60 kW, and 0.13 while cars are charging above 60 kW. As with all types of chargers, rates vary by location and can change periodically.
All of the used EV listings here at MYEV.com provide average per-session costs to obtain a full charge and estimate an owner’s expected monthly cost to keep running.