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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric debuts sharpened look, more power

The updated Ioniq Electric boasts more power however you measure it with a bigger battery, more horsepower and faster charging.

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Hyundai gives its fully electric Ioniq Electric a jolt of energy with an update for the 2020 model year. 

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Between the slightly more capacious battery, faster charging speed and a slight bump in horsepower, the compact electric hatchback makes improvements across the board to remain competitive with Nissan's Leaf in the affordable electric car space.

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Let's start with the battery pack, which steps up to 38.3 kWh of energy capacity from 28 kWh -- an increase of about 36 percent. 

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The bigger battery bestows the Ioniq Electric more range.

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The BEV can now cruise up to 170 miles per charge, up from 124.

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A new 7.2-kW onboard charger crams electrons into the battery faster than the current model's 6.6-kW unit, so the bigger battery won't take too much longer to charge up. 

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Of course, the 100-kW DC fast-charging capability means drivers can sprint up to an 80-percent charge in under an hour at a compatible station.

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With a bigger energy reserve, Hyundai saw fit to bump the electric motor's output to 134 ponies -- 16 more than before -- while the 218 pound-feet of torque remains unchanged.

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The only number I've noticed go down for 2020 is the combined fuel efficiency, which drops slightly to 133 miles-per-gallon equivalent, still quite efficient.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

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