Nosing ahead: Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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The battery is actively air cooled and provides an official range of 174 miles. It’s probably more indicative to note that a fully charged car will show about 135 miles on its range predictor before you set off. The satnav screen will also helpfully plot how far you can travel on the current state of charge as a circle overlaid on the satnav map, though this view doesn’t adjust range in different directions according to the type of road, as found in some other EVs such as the VW e-Up and BMW i3.

Actual range will depend on how fast and how aggressively you drive, and whether you use the cabin heater or can make do with heated seats (and the warm steering wheel fitted to the top trim level).

There is also, helpfully, a driver-only heating option that tames the energy drawn from the battery to keep you toasty while driving alone.

Recharging the battery from empty will take about 10 to 12 hours from a domestic three-pin plug, or 4 to 6 hours using a wallbox or fast public charger. On longer journeys, a CCS 50kW rapid charger can deliver an 80% top-up in around 33 minutes.

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