1000 km on the motorway with electricity: charging costs and consumption IONIQ 5 vs Kona


Electric cars and real highway trips . The theme is; much debated and often talked about without ever having tried to face reality.

For this reason we have followed up the electric journey with a Model 3, which has crossed the whole of Italy, and we have raised the put to the test of travel a Hyundai IONIQ 5, a car with very fast recharge to take advantage of the IONITY columns, and a Kona Electric (64 kWh).

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  • IONIQ 5 vs Kona Electric: real consumption on the highway
  • Cost of travel with IONITY recharges


Exists for & ograve; those who travel long distances, alone and with its 900km tank diesel car. They are the heroes of the asphalt belt who make a single stop to go to the bathroom on several; of a thousand kilometers: in the past, even the undersigned is & egrave; experienced in the enterprise. There are different needs, let's accept it and recite the usual mantra: there is no perfect diet; today there is a car that meets everyone's needs .

But, and I ask you please, do not generalize by ignoring that real life cannot; be painted by a preview of the itinerary taken from Google Maps.


Talking about real consumption in a universal way is; impossible, but with almost 1200 km behind it becomes more and more; easy to include all cases (ascent, descent, people and luggage on board, traffic, motorway, city and extra-urban). At the end of the trip, this is; was the overall average of IONIQ 5:

There were traffic and delays, so there were how & egrave; it was possible to travel for short distances even at speed; above 150 km/h. We did not limit ourselves: our goal was to arrive as soon as possible and do it always with the air conditioning always on , set according to the needs of passengers and the ambient temperature that is; passed from 30 & deg; in Italy at 20 & deg; in Germany.

Furthermore, in the case of IONIQ, the bi-zone was used to vary even by 2 or more & ugrave; degrees the temperature between those on the right side and those on the left side of the car, a further “ waste '' aimed at favoring comfort.

The comparison shows the difference between real consumption on the motorway: first in the flat section to have a standard reference, then in the overall flat section more ascent to 1,300 meters above sea level to reach Brenner.

NOTE: although this trip allowed me to experience the speed; IONIQ real maximum (192 km/h) in Germany, many unlimited routes were traversed in the queue due to traffic. Also on the Brenner we found important queues, watch the live drums to get an idea.

The overall result, on the other hand, refers to the round trip and urban travel to the 39; interior of the city of which you can find a report in these screenshots of Google Movements:

Always in the direction of complete transparency, below is the report with the Tronity tracking system . As you can see the data is; slightly different from Google's travel estimate, but the difference with the total kilometers marked by the car instrumentation at the end of the journey (the first photo of this section) is; only 5 km: 1,182 km for Tronity, 1,187 for the IONIQ 5 on-board computer.

It should be noted that Tronity supports several car models but with Hyundai & egrave; still in & quot; beta & quot; version: the car platform does not send a continuous update to Hyundai's servers and, for this reason, differences may arise from reality.

The costs of recharging they were then deleted from Tronity and for the table in the next paragraph we used the real invoices.


For both cars we started with 100% full (approximately) and we will then calculate the first battery charge at home cost.

IMPORTANT : electricity costs ; change a lot, who writes to you & egrave; in the free market. For the electro-extremists , do not start rattling off the figures of the market in greater protection: this report must try to be “universal” in a world that has too many facets. For petrolheads , accept the figure of 0.17 & euro; per kWh extrapolated from my real bill (waiting to find a better contract) with a standard supply of 3 kW. For those who have photovoltaics : I envy you a lot!

In any case, consumption in kWh/100 km is provided: take the calculator and do your math.

IONITY Brenner, highlighted in yellow in the table, it gave us activation problems both with the official app and with keyfob and card in roaming. The real cost is; was therefore 0 & euro; because, after calling customer service, the top up is; it was started for free by the operator who viewed our top-up history, verified that we were not trying to charge & quot; latch & quot; and that it was an actual problem and activated the column because & eacute; the priority & egrave; do not let the customer stay on foot.

The call for assistance is was made as users, not journalists: the accounts used are the private ones of the various editors and we did not ask for any support from the press office.

With a diesel B-SUV the journey, at the registered speeds and estimating an average price of the diesel of 1.5 & euro; per liter (actually it cost more on the motorway), it would have cost between 120 & euro; and the 140 & euro ;, a figure to be compared with that of Kona Electric which is part of the same segment B, while IONIQ 5 & egrave; a segment D.

It should be noted that the top-ups (and therefore the overall costs of the trip) also covered most of the trips during the two days of the Munich Motor Show (6 and 7 September) because IONIQ 5, & egrave; arrives in Monaco with 55% and Kona Electric with 58%.

We then took advantage of the free refills of the IAA Mobility 2021 car park, here's how:

  • IONIQ 5 (6 and 7 September): 33.3 kWh entered at no cost (respectively 24.96 + 8.32 kWh in AC)
  • Kona Electric (7 September): 25 kWh entered at no cost (AC)


Those of you who are already driving; an electric car may have noticed one thing: we charged too much and badly and we did it on purpose . If I had faced the journey as a user, things would have gone differently both in terms of time for stops and in terms of costs.

Let's start with costs : upload to IONITY at 0.79 & euro; & egrave; impossible if you buy an IONIQ 5 because, at least for the first year, you will have the discount free of charge at € 0.29;/kWh. Then you pay a subscription to these figures, the convenience of which depends on the frequency of use of IONITY. Alternatively there is always Duferco that with its all-inclusive subscription, for the moment, also covers top-ups on the IONITY network and charges you for the package in terms of kWh (300 per month), regardless of where you top up.

IONIQ 5 recorded a peak power of 212 kW when charging with IONITY

About the times instead, the whole trip could be done with much more refills; short. This applies to both IONIQ 5 and (to a lesser extent) Kona Electric. To arrive much more discharges to the columns and load the minimum necessary to continue & egrave; in fact a practice already; in use by those who drive electric, but here we wanted to abound to compensate for any hypothetical autonomy anxiety, do not make calculations other than those based on the remaining km indicated by the on-board computer and arrive in Munich with more of half & agrave; battery. To make the idea better, we could have get to Monaco with 10%: it would have been more; than sufficient for emergency travel in the city, then recharging in the evening (from home or from a column) or during the day (from the Salone).

CONCLUSIONS clear numbers speak Kona Electric as the winner in terms of costs, but IONIQ 5 & egrave; a car of a very different category with a first-class travel experience for space on board (both trunk and cockpit) and comfort, even acoustic. Do not be fooled, therefore, by the number you read in the expense report for refills: even in the world of thermal cars a Tucson would still have spent more; than a Kona.

The experiment has for & ograve; proved one thing: even the 400 V technology & egrave; able to travel smoothly. If on the way we were bound by having to wait to make videos and live on social media, in the return one we only agreed on the joint lunch break but, to get there, Kona Electric did not & egrave; stop to recharge at Brenner where IONIQ 5 made a 15-minute top-up using the fast recharge.

Upon arriving at IONITY in Trento, Kona Electric used the 15 minutes saved at the Brenner Pass to start refueling (slower, maximum 72 kW) before IONIQ 5. Both cars were disconnected when the group had finished their lunch break, regardless of their charge level.

There are still critical issues; to solve? Of course, and the infrastructure is the main problem to enable fast travel, but we will talk about this in a dedicated article …

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